Kyiv's offers on UN peacekeepers in Donbas destroys Minsk Agreements, - Lavrov

Source : 112 Ukraine

Ukraine's Foreign Minister noted that state needs guarantees from Russia on the access of the OSCE to occupied territories
15:24, 12 June 2018

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The demand of Kyiv to deploy the UN peacekeepers at the Russia-Ukraine border not controlled by Ukraine contradicts the Minsk Agreements. Sergy Lavrov, the Foreign Minister of Russia claimed this at the briefing after the meeting of the Normandy Four as reported.

"We explained that the ideas offered by the Ukrainian colleagues and the American representatives to turn this peacekeeping mission to some military-political office that will control all territory of these self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk 'republics' and will decide whom and how to elect completely contradict the Minsk Agreements," he said.

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At the same time, Ukraine's Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said that the opinions of the foreign ministers on the deployment of the UN peacekeepers are completely different.

According to Klimkin, the issue of the political prisoners and hostages' exchange was also raised during the meeting.

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He also noted that he counts on the observation of the commitments by Russia on the ceasefire regime and withdrawal of the heavy weaponry after the meeting.

"We need clear guarantees from Russia, I mean its presence in occupied territories and OSCE's access there. There are conditions that must be fulfilled," he emphasized.

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