MOSCOW, December 28. The appointment of Boris Gryzlov, Moscow’s special representative in the contact group on Ukraine increases the level and shows responsible strengthening Russia’s presence in the negotiations.
Gryzlov will be guided by the need to fully implement the Minsk agreements
Press Secretary of the head of state, Dmitry Peskov told journalists that Gryzlov was appointed “on the initiative of the President”.
“This is a significant increase in the level and revealing the strengthening of our responsible presence in the work (contact group)”, – said the representative of the Kremlin.
However, he stated that the implementation of the Minsk agreements is “in very poor condition”.
Peskov drew attention to the fact that Gryzlov, a permanent member of the security Council of the Russian Federation, participated in the work of this structure.
“This is critical because the permanent members of the security Council – these are people who directly take part in the discussion of the main policy areas in the development of these areas and their implementation”, – said the press Secretary of the President. Therefore, according to him, “Gryzlov’s involvement in all these processes was, like all the permanent members of the security Council, maximum”.
THE MINSK AGREEMENT
On 12 February the negotiators of the contact group in Minsk signed the previously agreed with the heads of the participating countries “channel four” document, providing for a ceasefire in the Donbass February 15. The negotiations “Norman Quartet” consisting of the presidents of Russia, Ukraine and France, as well as the German Chancellor continued in Minsk in various formats (in the narrow format with participation of members of delegations) from the evening of 11 February, a total of about 16 hours.