Russia’s permanent representative to the OSCE: Kiev is able to implement the Minsk agreements

MOSCOW, January 29. Moscow believes that Kiev is able to implement the Minsk agreement, and urged the European colleagues to support the government of Ukraine on this issue. This was stated by the Russia’s permanent representative to the OSCE Alexander Lukashevich to the Permanent Council of the Organization. Text of the speech posted Friday on the website of the Russian foreign Ministry.


12 February 2015 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.

“We know that the Kiev authorities are able to implement the Minsk agreements. We expect that the West will provide them with the necessary support, including through the OSCE,” he said.

However Lukashevich expressed his astonishment at the doubt from the Ukrainian authorities of the necessity of the new law on elections in the Donbass.

“Surprised by the Ukrainian representatives doubt the necessity of the new law on elections in the Donbass. Existing legislation with representatives of the regions are not consistent, as required by the measures, and does not meet the situation,” – said the diplomat.

He noted that the Russian side follows the theme of reforming the Constitution of Ukraine. “These measures provide for the adoption of a new Constitution, involving as a key element of decentralization (taking into account peculiarities of individual regions of Donetsk and Lugansk regions, agreed with representatives of these districts), as well as adopting permanent legislation on the special status,” – said the diplomat.

Lukashevich stressed that “amendments which do not involve the inclusion in the Constitution of the provisions on permanent the special status of Donbass and it is not consistent, can not be regarded as fulfillment by Kyiv of the Minsk obligations”.

Kiev deliberately maintains the tension in the Donbass

Alexander Lukashevich also said that Kiev authorities are trying to delay the implementation of the political part of Minsk agreements without a clause granting a permanent special status to the Donbass.

“Kiev authorities are clearly trying to delay the implementation of the political part of Minsk agreements – the granting of a permanent special status to the Donbass, the coordination of the law on local elections, constitutional reform, – said Lukashevich. – We see a persistent unwillingness to comply with the Amnesty clause and renouncing the persecution in connection with the events in the Donbass”.

According to him, to settle the Ukrainian crisis must be a complete ceasefire and withdrawal of heavy weapons. “The problem is that Ukraine deliberately maintains the tension along the line of contact in Donbas, he said. – This is evidenced by its military preparations, the rotation of troops and the appearance of new technology, the presence in the security zone of the nationalist battalions. Alarming reports of the emergence there of and foreign mercenaries”.

“The Russian position on the Ukrainian crisis remains consistently unchanged, he said. Key – in the comprehensive implementation of the Minsk package of measures, and it is now in the hands of Kiev. Real progress on all issues, including on the political track, is possible only through the dialogue of the conflicting parties – Kiev, Donetsk and Lugansk.” “Russia is ready to continue to provide this assistance dialogue”, – said Lukashevich.