“From the jurisdiction point of view, the law on reintegration cancels out the Minsk agreements, which were unanimously approved by the Security Council in the resolution adopted a few days after the meeting of the four chiefs of the Normandy format in Minsk. To us it’s obvious,” Lavrov said in a press conference.
Previously, on January 18, the Ukrainian Parliament passed the law about reintegration of Donbas. MPs adopted as a whole the bill on the state policy aiming to secure the sovereignty of Ukraine over the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
The law defines Donetsk and Luhansk regions temporarily occupied territories as the territories over which Russia’s armed groups and Russian occupation administration have established control (including land, water, subsoil and air). The boundaries of such territories should be determined by the president on the proposal of the Defense Ministry based on the recommendations of the General Staff of the Armed Forces. The total absence of Russian servicemen in the occupied territories should be confirmed by the Defense and Internal Ministry - they must together submit a communication to Ukraine’s president, who shall take the decision. The president will decide on the beginning and completion of measures to ensure national security and counteract Russian aggression.