Thursday, September 15, 2016

Kremlin: No Donbas ceasefire promises given to Germany as Russia "not party to conflict"

The Kremlin has stated it did not promise Germany to ensure the ceasefire in Donbas as Russia "is not party to the conflict", and it's "the armed forces of Donbas" that oppose Ukraine, Russia's presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told an UNIAN correspondent in Moscow.

"There is a ceasefire, which is violated... In this wording, Moscow could not promise it, because Moscow is not a party to the conflict. Moscow cannot declare a ceasefire," Peskov said, answering the question of an UNIAN correspondent, whether Russian officials had promised Germany the establishment of ceasefire in the east of Ukraine.

On the one hand, the Armed Forces of Ukraine are on the demarcation line, and on the other hand, there are 'the armed forces of Donbas', i.e. 'militants'," Peskov said.

 Answering the question of an UNIAN correspondent, whether the Kremlin wishes to comment on the visit of the foreign ministers of France and Germany to Ukraine, Peskov said: "This is not of our concern.These are the contacts within the framework of bilateral relations. There's no reason to comment."

"If these visits contribute to the implementation of Ukraine's obligations under the Minsk agreements, it is to be welcomed," he added.

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