Washington must convince Kiev to stop shelling Donbass – Rossiyskaya Gazeta

Secretary of the Russian Security Council Nikolai Patrushev commented to Russian journalists on the statement by US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, which he made after talks with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba. The American official, in particular, said that the United States is ready to work with both sides of the crisis in eastern Ukraine through the implementation of the Minsk agreements.

“The Russian Federation has repeatedly stated its position that there is no alternative to the Minsk agreements,” Nikolai Patrushev commented on Blinken’s words. According to him, the US Secretary of State has now confirmed that there is no alternative to the Minsk process, stressing his readiness to work on resolving the Ukrainian crisis with both sides.

“Let’s see if Washington will succeed in persuading its Kiev partners to follow the letter of the agreements reached,” said the secretary of the Russian Security Council. And he added that, given the importance of a peaceful settlement of the internal Ukrainian conflict, “we are waiting for American diplomacy to start fulfilling its promises.” “We believe that at the first stage it would be nice if Washington convinced Kiev to recognize the importance of taking into account the opinion of the Donbass population and to stop shelling it,” Patrushev summed up.

In addition, he reminded Mr Blinken that, according to the second clause of the Minsk agreements, the parties to the conflict are Ukraine and certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. However, after the withdrawal of heavy weapons from the line of contact, Kiev was supposed to start a dialogue with Donetsk and Lugansk on holding elections and granting a special status to these territories. As Nikolai Patrushev summed up, these and many other points of the document have not yet been fulfilled by the Kiev authorities.

Source: Российская Газета by rg.ru.

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