MOSCOW, January 22. Approval on noninvolvement Ukrainian law enforcers to the shooting incident, observers special monitoring mission of the OSCE in Maryinka unconvincing. 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.
“It is absolutely unacceptable the attacks on observers. Believe unconvincing claims of innocence of the Ukrainian security forces to the incident in Marinka,” he said.
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Lukashevich said that Moscow urges Kiev to withdraw the inhuman economic blockade of Donbass and restrictions on the movement of citizens.
“In part still of the political process stalled, we must note that from Kiev and not from Moscow, Donetsk or Lugansk depends on the enactment of the law on the special status of Donbass, the consolidation of this status in the Constitution, approval and ratification of the Verkhovna Rada of the law on local elections, – said the diplomat. Worried that some politicians in Ukraine occasionally trying to distort the essence of the Minsk and Paris agreements, and some even offer to give them up. This is a very dangerous approaches”.
“We therefore support the increase in activity of the contact group and its working subgroups, the more intense the dialogue in “channel format” other international contacts”, – said Lukashevich.
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He also noted that Moscow expects the Ukrainian side “a more constructive approach in the political subgroup to harmonize provisions of the draft law of Ukraine on local elections in the Donbass”. “Need clarity with granting the Donbas special status is permanent through the enactment of the relevant law and the amendments to the Constitution, the diplomat stressed. – The constitutional reform which is not coordinated with representatives of Donbass, cannot be considered as implementation of the relevant provisions of the Minsk agreements”. “Once again we will remind that the question of the return of Kiev control over the border directly depends on achieving a comprehensive political settlement,” he said.
“We call on Kiev to withdraw the inhuman economic blockade of Donbass and restrictions on the movement of citizens, to take measures to restore the banking sector to facilitate access to medical and other services” ,- said Lukashevich.
THE MINSK AGREEMENT
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.