Moscow is concerned about the latest statements of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko about the fact that the implementation of the political part of Minsk agreements is possible only after the withdrawal of Russian troops from the Donbass and ensure a stable ceasefire. This was stated by Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, reports “RIA Novosti”.
“We drew attention to serious concerns relating to recent statements by the President Poroshenko, who said categorically that Ukraine will not do any of those political reforms that are spelled out in the Minsk agreements, until they are unconditionally fulfilled all aspects of the security sector, including the restoration of full control of Ukrainian armed forces over the border with Russia. Otherwise, he said, we will not move forward to the implementation of the political provisions of the Minsk agreements”, – Lavrov said at a press conference following talks with foreign Minister of Hungary Peter Siyarto.
The head of the Russian foreign Ministry also noted that this approach allegedly “contradicts the Minsk agreements.”
Earlier, Poroshenko said that to address security issues in the Donbass amendments to the Constitution in terms of decentralization and any other political issues of the conflict settlement will be on the agenda.
“In the difficult dialogue convincing our Western allies that any steps to find a political settlement should precede the obvious and undeniable progress in security matters: sustainable ceasefire, withdrawal of Russian occupation troops and vehicles, the disarming of the militias, control over the uncontrolled section of the Ukrainian-Russian border, – first, by the OSCE, and then directly to our glorious border guards,” – said Poroshenko.
“To solve these problems on the agenda are not and will not stand for political issues, including concerns and changes in the Constitution,” the President added.
As you know, one of the first points in the Minsk agreement is a sustainable ceasefire, but Kiev has repeatedly pointed out, controlled by Russian militants carried out attacks and provoke the Ukrainian military.