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Russian MFA accuses Volker of "destroying Minsk agreements"

The representative of the US State Department did not support Russian side proposals for peacekeepers
15:53, 13 October 2018

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia said that the representative of the US Department of State for Ukraine Kurt Volker only in words advocates the Minsk agreements, but in fact "works to destroy them." This is stated by the press service of the Russian Foreign Ministry.

“Speaking in words for the Minsk agreements, Volker actually works to destroy them. This is precisely the aim of the concept of DNR and LNR full occupation promoted by the UN’s so-called“ peacekeepers ”, establishing there an international military-civilian administration and transferring Donbass under the control of the Kyiv authorities without granting the region a special status and ensuring the safety of its people, as agreed in Minsk ", the press service informed.

According to the ministry, Moscow was perplexed by the statements of Volker, who rejected Russia's initiative to create a UN mission to protect OSCE observers in Donbas under the pretext that it "will preserve the existence of the so-called people's republics, which have no place in Ukrainian legislation or the Minsk agreements."

The Russian Foreign Ministry stressed that the Minsk agreements are signed by representatives of the "republics". “A reasonable question arises whether Volker read the fundamental documents of the Ukrainian settlement, which he seems to be doing” stated in the department.

In addition, the message recalls Volker’s calls for increased sanctions pressure on Russia, which "is completely beyond his mandate."

Earlier at the briefing in Brussels, Kurt Volker, the U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine, said that Russia’s idea to conduct a referendum “on Donbas’ status” was not approved in Washington as it it contradicts with the Ukrainian Constitution and Minsk Agreements.

“The U.S. rejects the initiative on a referendum. There is no legal basis for this in the Constitution of Ukraine and Minsk Agreements,” he stressed.

Also, he urged to recall that as a result of Russian aggression, more than a million of Donbas residents had to become IDPs.

Earlier, Bloomberg, referring to the sources, reported that the Russian President Vladimir Putin after his meeting with the U.S. President Donald Trump proposed to carry out a referendum in Donbas. According to the interlocutor, Trump asked Putin not to discuss the idea of the referendum at the press conference after the Summit so that the U.S. President had time to think about it. The source added that Putin offered to hold voting among local residents in Donbas concerning the status of their region. Everything has to be carried out under the auspices of the international community.

Russian sources state that such a referendum should not follow a “Crimean scenario,” it should be only about the autonomy of Donbas in Ukraine.

Later, Garret Marquis, the Head of the U.S. National Security Council, stated that the Administration was not considering the support of the referendum.

In his turn, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said that the sequence of such statements of the Russian authority is a breakdown of Ukraine.

Related: Volker presents declaration on non-recognition of Crimea's occupation

Related: Ukraine's President meets Kurt Volker on sidelines of UNGA in New York

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Wolf Angel

Member since: 17.06.2018

Messages: 26

14 October 2018, 02:57
Unlike Russia, the US is not a signatory of the Minsk II agreement. That would be the one that requires all foreign soldiers and equipment in the Donbas be removed. And requires the monitors unfettered access. Russia has troops by the 10s of thousands in Ukraine, and supplies equipment constantly. Russian troops fight on the demarcation line daily. The US can only voice opinions on the conflict, as unlike Russia, the US has no soldiers in the fight, and no equipment other than what is given to Ukraine and is thus Ukraine’s equipment. And no control once given. Unlike Russia who brought in. A BUK system, shot down MH-17 and then removed it tail between their legs.
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Wolf Angel

Member since: 17.06.2018

Messages: 26

14 October 2018, 02:58

So the US maybe has opinions on the war Russia is waging with Ukraine. But the US is not interfering. So Russia, look elsewhere for excuses to extend the conflict tat only youncan end, by removal of your troops and equipment. Leave the Donbas, leave Crimea. Leave Ukraine to its former peaceful state. Russia has made life hard and miserable for Ukrainians because that is what Russia did, does, and likely will do.

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