Ambassador of Russia in Washington Anatoliy Antonov supposes that the U.S. can encourage the government of Ukraine for building a dialogue with the representatives of Donbas, where the armed conflict takes place as The National Interest reported.
“Instead of working on ways to implement the Minsk arrangements, certain State Department officials blame Russia for all the troubles in Ukraine and label my country an “aggressor. We have repeatedly warned the administration that such counterproductive statements have nothing to do with reality. Solutions can be found only through diplomatic means without propaganda. Right now the United States can influence the government of Ukraine by encouraging it to engage in a substantive dialogue with representatives of Donetsk and Lugansk, withdraw heavy weapons from the line of contact, and undertake concrete and tangible measures with regards to the autonomous status of Ukraine’s southeast,” Antonov noted.
He reminded that during the talks in Geneva, Presidents of the U.S. Joe Biden and Russia Vladimir Putin agreed that the Minsk Agreements serve as one and only basis for a political settlement of the Donbas Conflict.
At the beginning of July, Russian President Vladimir Putin and French leader Emmanuel Macron held a phone talk, during which the issue of resolving the conflict in Donbas was raised. Putin stressed the need for the Ukrainian authorities to fully implement their earlier commitments, primarily to establish a direct dialogue with Donetsk and Luhansk and legalize the special status of Donbas.
Later, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to International Organizations in Vienna Yevhen Tsymbalyuk stated that the negotiations of the Trilateral Contact Group on settlement of the conflict in Donbas have reached a stalemate, as Russia demands that Ukraine start a so-called direct dialogue with the occupation administrations in Donetsk and Luhansk.