The Kremlin said about the stalemate in the Minsk agreements

The Minsk agreement are at an impasse because of the reluctance of Ukraine to implement them. This was stated by the head of the Kremlin administration Sergei Ivanov in an interview to Sergei Brilev, presenter of “Vesti on Saturday”.

During an interview with Brilev asked policy, not stopped if the implementation of the agreements in a “dead end”. “Partly, Yes. I also admit,” he said (quoted by TASS).

“In fact, is already becoming clear to everyone and it is obvious that Kiev does not want and will not perform Minsk agreement”, – said Ivanov. He expressed the view that currently the implementation of the agreements “is used as a pretext,” noting that it mostly depends on Kiev, not from Moscow.

The head of administration also has noticed that “even if we abstradrome from this fact and acknowledge the obvious truth that it takes two to tango”, then “sanctions must be declared, or were now against Moscow against Kiev.” “Honestly all. Then, too, both sides do not fulfill the Minsk agreements, – said Ivanov, adding that he does not expect the lifting of sanctions in the nearest time. He also doubted that the recent exchanges of detainees or convicts the citizens of Ukraine and Russia say about the progress in the Minsk process.

Negnanoe the President of Russia Vladimir Putin touched upon the subject of the Minsk agreements in his speech at the St. Petersburg international economic forum. According to him, Europe needs to shift to Russia responsibility for their implementation. The head of state pointed out that Kiev has not yet fulfilled such conditions as the adoption of Amnesty laws and the special status of Donbass – they are approved by the Verkhovna Rada, but not signed by the President Petro Poroshenko. “You can juggle infinitely, but it is impossible for us to shift what we do not can, – said Putin.

In turn, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, speaking at a forum on Thursday, called the implementation of the Minsk agreements only way to the lifting of sanctions. Juncker stressed that the EU’s position on this single question. The Chairman of the EC in his speech also said that Moscow had violated “fundamental principles of international law”, referring to the annexation of Crimea, which the Western countries considered the annexation, and the situation in the South-East of Ukraine.