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Kiev is looking for ways to attract the American side to the discussion of Donbass
During a meeting with American colleagues at the White House, the Ukrainian delegation discussed the possibility of involving the United States in negotiations to resolve the Donbas conflict. This was told by the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories Alexei Reznikov.
The Ukrainian civil servant recalled that the Russian side saw no reason to extend the mandate of the OSCE mission at its checkpoints. And that means, Reznikov said, Moscow refuses to fulfill the Minsk agreements.
“I personally interpret this as, in fact, the refusal of the Russian Federation from Minsk. Because the condition that there will be a Special Monitoring Commission of the OSCE is provided for by Minsk,” said the Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine.
Reznikov said that the involvement of the United States is also viewed as a “continuation of Minsk.” However, the current format, he added, needs to be retained for communication.
The Deputy Prime Minister recalled that Ukraine is a member of the Budapest Memorandum, along with Britain, France and the United States. Reznikov referred to the fact that the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons provides for consultations between the parties in the event of disputable issues. Germany could also be involved in discussing the problem, he said.
A few days earlier, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the OSCE, Alexander Lukashevich, said that the Russian side sees no reason to extend the mission’s mandate at two checkpoints. The diplomat pointed out that Russia, as a goodwill, has hosted OSCE observers in order to induce Kiev to fulfill its promises to its people. However, the Ukrainian side is only evading the implementation of “Minsk”, and its curators are trying to make the placement of the group a certain obligation of the Russian Federation, although it arrived in Russia even before the Minsk agreements at the invitation of Moscow.
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