The DPR announced that there is no alternative to the Minsk agreements

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The Minsk agreements are the only option for a peaceful settlement of the conflict in Donbass, the plenipotentiary representative of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) at the Minsk talks, LPR Foreign Minister Vladislav Deynogo said on May 4.

“The Minsk agreements are the only and uncontested basis for a peaceful settlement of the conflict in Donbass. The timing of the implementation of the measures to resolve the conflict enshrined in the Minsk Agreements, as well as the ability of the Ukrainian side to work on the development of these obligations and ensure their implementation, fully depend on the political will of the Kiev authorities and the degree of motivation by the international guarantors of Kiev to participate in good faith in the settlement process ”, – quotes the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the LPR as saying Deinogo in its Telegram channel.

The minister pointed out that the point of view that there is no alternative to the Minsk agreements is shared by both the Donbass republics and the international community, while official Kiev insists on changing the agreements and even admits the possibility of withdrawing from them.

“Despite all the provocations and statements of the Ukrainian side about its intentions to renounce the signed commitments, the Minsk agreements not only make it possible to contain the armed confrontation and avoid significant casualties at this stage, but also, in the case of conscientious fulfillment of the political obligations envisaged by them, inevitably lead to a comprehensive settlement of the conflict. “, – he noted.

In this regard, the head of the department called on the Ukrainian authorities to think about the consequences of such statements.

“It should be understood that no instrument of settlement can be modified or destroyed for one side, while continuing to act unchanged for the other. Before declaring their withdrawal from the agreements, Ukrainian officials should seriously think about the consequences of such statements and steps, ”added Deinogo.

On May 2, the head of the Kiev delegation to the contact group, Leonid Kravchuk, admitted that Ukraine could refuse to continue the Minsk talks to resolve the situation in Donbass. According to him, the country intends to seek changes in the format of negotiations, if it does not see results.

On April 26, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy indicated the need to change the Minsk format or cancel it, and also called on the United States, Great Britain and Canada to take a more active part in the diplomatic process on this issue.

The press service of the “Opposition Platform – For Life” faction noted that the Ukrainian president, with his statement on changing the Minsk format and refusing to negotiate with the leaders of the DPR and LPR, signed for the inability to resolve the conflict in Donbass.

The next day, Zelenskiy said the Minsk agreements should be flexible and some clauses should be updated. According to him, in order to resolve the conflict in the region, one more format can be created parallel to the Norman one – with the participation of “powerful players” who express a desire to help Ukraine end the conflict.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on April 28 assessed Zelensky’s statements and said that the team of the President of Ukraine is “wriggling as best it can” in attempts to avoid fulfilling the obligations under the Minsk agreements. The Kremlin also noted that the statement of the Ukrainian leader is “another alarm signal.”