Putin expects Kiev will have to overcome a turbulent political processes

Putin expects Kiev will have to overcome a turbulent political processes


NOVO-Ogaryovo, February 17. The President of Russia Vladimir Putin hopes that Kiev will overcome a turbulent political processes and the top will take the forces in Ukraine are in favour of the resolution. He stated this at a press conference after talks with Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orban.

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“Let’s hope that the political turbulence there will be overcome and those political forces in Ukraine, which are, indeed, for resolving this problem, they will be able to find the strength, will be able to find supporters in order to bring the process to the end,” he said.

The President noted that first of all Ukraine has to comply with the terms of the Minsk agreements.

“Any objective observer today sees the ball on the side of the Ukrainian authorities. Let me remind you, the key thing is a political settlement, the creation of political conditions, foremost of which is amending the Constitution of Ukraine, which is directly recorded in the Minsk agreements, where it clearly appears that by the end of 2015, the Ukrainian side needs to amend its Constitution,” continued Putin.

He added that Ukraine still didn’t.

“There are other considerations related to preparation and holding of local elections, with the implementation of the already adopted law on the special status of the respective regions in Ukraine. All this, unfortunately, is not solved yet”, – he concluded

The Minsk agreement does not Kiev

To link the lifting of sanctions against Russia with the implementation of the Minsk agreements is meaningless, because the agreement does not Kiev, Putin said.

Dmitry Medvedev, Prime Minister of Russian trucks in Ukraine

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Putin noted that the Russian sanctions were a response to the sanctions that were unilaterally imposed against Russia by the European Union. “Not for us to decide when the EU will be removed. We heard and hear today that all this depends primarily on the implementation of the Minsk agreements by the conflicting sides in Ukraine, supported in the Normandy format-Russia, France and the Federal Republic of Germany. But I think any objective observer today sees the ball on the side of the Ukrainian authorities. It is they, above all, to comply with the conditions of the Minsk agreements. Let me remind you, the key thing is a political settlement, the creation of political conditions, chief of which is the amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine, which is directly recorded in the Minsk agreements, where it clearly appears that by the end of 2015, the Ukrainian side needs to amend its Constitution. As we have seen, this was not done,” he said.

Putin noted that there are other unresolved issues that hinder the implementation of the Minsk agreements. “It depends not only from Russia and not so much from Russia, but, primarily, from our partners in Kiev. Let’s hope that the political turbulence there will be overcome and those political forces in Ukraine that are really a solution to that problem, they will be able to find the strength, will be able to find supporters to bring this process to the end,” said the President of the Russian Federation.

“To link the lifting of sanctions by the European Union with the final decision, bringing to a logical conclusion of the Minsk process is meaningless today because, I repeat, not on Russia’s side is the ball. But we take this process calmly, confident that sooner or later it will happen – the normalization of relations between Russia and the European Union”, – concluded Putin.