Special envoy of the US state Department, Kurt Volker, who arrived to Ukraine with regular inspection, cancelled a scheduled trip to the East of the country — the weather was not pleasant. But together with the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, he made a statement that the UN peacekeepers should stand on the border between Russia and occupied territories of Donetsk and Lugansk regions. That is contrary to the Minsk Agreements, the special representative, apparently, still do not know.
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Ukraine now has a new law on “reintegration of Donbass”, the MDM says that Russia is an invader, and the DNI and LC — occupied territory, with kotory can not stand on ceremony. About the Minsk agreements this law is not mentioned. Vidimo this document have a basis for discussion, the representative of the state Department. Meanwhile, the PACE deputies said that the Ukrainian government has to edit the law on the reintegration of Donbass in such a way that it was based on the Minsk agreements and provide for the humanitarian needs of the residents of the region, but when Kiev was listening to such sermons? In the same resolution, PACE advised Moscow to cease military support to the self-proclaimed DND and LNR and cease to recognize documents issued by them.
In the state Duma and the Federation Council stated that the requirements of the PACE Moscow is not interested in, as it was deprived of voting rights in the organization.But he stressed that Russia bears moral responsibility for the well-being thrown in the Donetsk and Lugansk people, so can not give up economic and humanitarian support to the region.
Meanwhile, the DNR is much more are not concerned about the statements of European and American politicians, and the fate of the OSCE observation mission in the Donbas. The mandate of its members ends in March 2018. The decision to extend the work should make all observers. According to the representative of DND at the talks in Minsk Denis Pushilin, Donetsk, Ukraine is interested in renewal of the mandate of the OSCE representatives, but its future is in question, as at the end of 2017 Ukraine actually squeezed from the Joint center on control over observance of the truce (JCCC) and representatives of Russia. Namely, this structure is coordinated between the armed forces of Kyiv, DND and LNR, in particular, assured the safety of the routes of observers.
However, the collective West no matter what “occupation administration” of Russia. Walker, demanded from Russia to withdraw from the Donbass troops, even went to the area of the ATO, citing unfavorable weather conditions. For reference, January 24 in Mariupol was 5 degrees below zero, wind of 8 meters per second and light snow.
Kurt Volker said that on December 26 he will meet with Russian presidential aide Vladislav Surkov in Dubai. But what can they say if the state Department’s special representative has a very vague idea about the Minsk agreement? This is the “MK” has found out from the experts:
Mikhail Pogrebinsky, Director of Kiev center of political researches and conflictology:
– Conversation with the President of Ukraine was needed in order to understand to what extent it is possible to adjust the so-called law “about the reintegration of Donbass”. Surkov at the meeting with Volcker will be able to say if your players accept a law which contradicts the Minsk agreements, then what about the accusations against the Russian government may even be a question. I note that Moscow refuses to engage in dialogue with international partners, but the upcoming conversation of the special representative of the President of the United States and assistant to the President of Russia will be nothing.
Vadim Karasev, Director of the Ukrainian Institute of global strategies:
– Despite the fact that Russia in the Minsk agreement is a party to the guarantor, all perfectly understand that it is not so. Walker heard the position of the Ukrainian side in this matter and will speak with Surkov possible positions for placement of the UN peacekeeping mission in the Donbass.
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