Special Representative of the US State Department for Ukraine Kurt Volker is convinced that the Ukrainian authorities need to extend the law on the peculiarities of local self-government in certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. He stated this during a briefing at the Yalta European Strategy forum, which was broadcasted by 112 Ukraine TV channel.
"A year ago, the Verkhovna Rada extended this special status and now, after it was extended, Russia did nothing to ensure that the conflict was resolved in accordance with the terms of the Minsk agreements. And I understand Ukraine: it adheres to the terms of the acgreements but Russia does not take them seriously, so Ukraine can use this as an excuse to extend the special status of Donbas, "he said.
At the same time, Volker recalled another thing: the key sanctions against Russia in the European Union are tied to the implementation of the Minsk agreements, which, inter alia, mention the need to preserve the special status of the uncontrolled part of Donbas.
"You know that there are many votes in the European Union to lift sanctions, even if Russia does not take a step. The non-extension of the law on the special status of Donbas will give arguments to those who promote the idea of lifting sanctions, "he stressed.
We recall, the validity of the rule on the peculiarities of local government in certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions expires in October 2018.