BERLIN, July 26. /TASS/. The question of the referendum in the Donbas was raised at the meeting in the Normandy format (Russia, Germany, France, Ukraine) at the level of policydirector of foreign Affairs. This was announced on Thursday, state Secretary, Deputy foreign Minister Grigory Karasin at a press conference following the talks.
“The issue of referendum was raised, but not discussed in detail, the diplomat said. We explained that the lack of progress makes everyone, including us, to think about some new forms and new approaches in this sense there are no illegal ways.”
“In the part today we did not go. The exchange of ideas continues,” – said Karasin.
The diplomat also said that Kiev is still not willing to take responsibility for the implementation of any positive steps to implement the Minsk agreements.
According to him, the sides “also noted the lack of any significant progress in the implementation of the Minsk agreements.”
The diplomat said that still, “despite the so-called bread truce the Ukrainian authorities are in no hurry to carry out the breeding of the armed forces in agreed geographical areas.” He noted that Ukraine refuses “from fixing a prior agreement on the formula of [former foreign Minister and current President of Germany Frank-Walter] Steinmeier, which deals with post-crisis settlement in the Donbass”.
“It seems that the Kiev government is not ready or not willing to implement even a small positive steps towards the people of Donbass, – said the diplomat. – Relies on the fact that they will be able to solve all the problems by international organizations. We believe that this is the wrong approach.”
Previously, the Agency Bloomberg with reference to sources reported that the meeting of leaders of Russia and USA Vladimir Putin and Donald trump in Helsinki discussed the possibility of holding a referendum in the Donbass. Later the official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova said that if the international community and the United States can’t force Kiev to fulfill “Minsk-2”, we can discuss other options of settlement.