Saturday, February 18, 2017

Russian FM announces truce accord from Monday in eastern Ukraine

A truce between pro-Russian rebels and the Ukrainian army will come into force on Monday in eastern Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said, hours after Moscow controversially announced it would begin recognizing passports issued by rebel authorities in separatist regions.

Announcing the ceasefire deal brokered at the Munich security conference between Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France, Lavrov called it "positive" but stressed the absence of "major progress" at the meeting.

"It is positive that the contact group (of foreign ministers of the four countries) agreed once again for the start of a ceasefire on February 20," Lavrov told Russian journalists in Munich.

The agreement also concerns "the start of the withdrawal of heavy arms" in eastern Ukraine, the Russian minister added.

The Munich meeting "examined where we were with the implementation of accords reached" by the presidents of the four countries in Berlin in October, he said.

"We observed that there hasn't been major progress in terms of results of the decisions taken in Berlin," he lamented.

1 comment :

  1. La reconnaissance des passeports des Républiques du Donbass est «purement humanitaire»...

    Les passeports délivrés par les Républiques autoproclamées du Donbass sont désormais reconnus par Moscou: le décret ad hoc a été signé ce samedi par le président russe. Comme l’a précisé le chef de la diplomatie russe à Munich, la question est purement humanitaire.

    Le décret présidentiel portant sur la reconnaissance des documents de la population des Républiques populaires autoproclamées de Donetsk et de Lougansk restera en vigueur tant que les accords de Minsk ne seront pas appliqués, a déclaré le chef de la diplomatie russe Sergueï Lavrov aux journalistes.
    Sergueï Lavrov a souligné que la question de la reconnaissance des passeports était dictée par des raisons purement humanitaires et ne signifiait pas une révision de la position de Moscou sur le statut des Républiques. « Dans le décret, il écrit noir sur blanc que nous sommes guidés par des raisons purement humanitaires »..........


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