The Minsk Agreements: Five Years Later
According to the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, some points of the agreements cannot be implemented
On the eve of the discussion of the situation in eastern Ukraine at the UN General Assembly, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko said that the ongoing war indicates the need to amend the Minsk agreements, which, according to him, have exhausted themselves..
“… We still haven’t reached peace. Therefore, we believe that this document is not only possible, but needs to be changed, because some of its points cannot be implemented, “Prystaiko explained..
Talking to the Voice of America correspondent, the minister stressed: “The war continues, and we cannot allow Russia, which started it, to easily move away from it. We want all UN members to remind their governments that the war is not over yet, and Ukraine needs help and support. “.
On the eve of the debate, the minister spoke with representatives of France and Germany, recalling that “the Ukrainian side counts on the support of the allied countries.”.
Prystaiko also confirmed that Ukraine is working on a new version of the Minsk agreements, although Russia publicly opposes the amendments to them..
The Minister stressed that the agreements must be implemented in 2015.
“Now is 20th – we still have not reached peace. Therefore, we believe that this document is not only possible, but needs to be changed, because some of its points cannot be implemented, ”said the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.
Vadym Prystaiko said that the Ukrainian side is now working to force all participants to agree that “the Minsk agreements have exhausted themselves and require changes”.
The Ukrainian minister stated that some changes have already been made to the Minsk agreements, in particular, “the Steinmeier formula and the disengagement of forces,” and stressed that Russia did not object to these actions.
According to Prystaiko, over time, a new document will be developed that will be easier to implement and achieve results..
The Minister called the only partial achievement of the Minsk process the exchanges of prisoners and prisoners between Ukraine and Russia.
Prystaiko told reporters that preparations are underway for a new exchange today, within the framework of which Russia will release about 200 people.
This, according to Prystaiko, will be the completion of the exchange process on the principle of “all for all”.
In addition, the minister stressed that elections in the territories currently occupied by Russia cannot be held without Ukrainian control over the Ukrainian-Russian border..
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