MOSCOW, November 3. /TASS/. The words of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko about the readiness to return the artillery to the line of contact in Donbas out of place amid the efforts of the contact group. On Friday, he noted that the Plenipotentiary of Russia in the contact group on settling the situation in Eastern Ukraine, Boris Gryzlov.
“First of all, the statement of Petro Poroshenko will be perceived by residents on both sides of the line of contact as a threat to their safety, he said. His words about readiness to return artillery and missile weapons systems can not disturb”. “They are especially inappropriate against the background of General efforts of the Minsk Contact group on the peaceful settlement of the conflict”, – said Gryzlov.
Earlier Friday, Poroshenko, the country’s armed forces to be ready to return to the positions in the Donbass, which they were forced to leave in the framework of the Minsk agreements. “Today we should practice the deployment of artillery pieces, he said, speaking in one of the units in the Kyiv region on the occasion of the day of missile troops and artillery. – You withdrew from the demarcation line, but you have to be willing to go back if need be”.
According to the Minsk agreement, the parties agreed to make the withdrawal of heavy weapons, including artillery systems with a caliber greater than 100 mm, to create along the line of contact in the Donbass 30-kilometer security zone.