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Ukraine's Kuchma announces condition for lifting trade blockade form occupied Donbas

Only after return of the Ukrainian assets to the Ukrainian legal field, the issue can be raised about the reconsideration of the NSDC decision on the implementation of the trade restrictions against occupied Donbas
19:19, 19 June 2019

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Representative of Ukraine in Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk Leonid Kuchma stated that Kyiv would discuss the reconsideration of the decision of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) on trade restrictions against areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions uncontrolled by Ukraine, only after return of the assets situated there to the Ukrainian legal field, as his Spokesperson Darka Olifer reported on Facebook.

“Our work should be a two-way road; all process should take place only on the basis of the reciprocity. Only after return of the Ukrainian assets to the Ukrainian legal field, the issue can be raised about the reconsideration of the NSDC decision on the implementation of the trade restrictions against occupied Donbas,” Kuchma noted.

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As we reported, the Trilateral Contact Group on Donbas would discuss lifting the economic blockade from the separate districts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions at the next session. According to the OSCE Special Representative, the lifting of the blockade could become the “great breakthrough”.

Prosecutor General of Ukraine commented on the idea of a possible lifting of the economic blockade from occupied areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. He said that trade with occupied Donbas without registration and taxes means the financing of terrorism.

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