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Recurrent meeting of Сontact group on peaceful settlement of conflict in Donbass held in Minsk

On September 26, the Trilateral meeting of contact group on the conflict settlement in Donbass was hosted in Minsk. The agenda included issues related to non-fulfillment by Ukraine of the Framework Decision on disengagement of forces and means in Stanitsa Luganskaya, the aggravation of the situation on the contact line and realization of “Steinmeier formula”.

“Representatives of Ukraine in the working group on political issues demonstrate unprecedented for the negotiation process position, continuing through loose rendering and interpretations sabotaging not only the agreements reached in the course of work of the subgroup, but also solutions confirmed by members of the “Normandy Four”, including their own President,” the source from Minsk at trilateral negotiations informed.

The source added that the Ukrainian side disrupts the meeting of the working group on economic issues for the fourth time in a row, and meanwhile urgent matters accumulate.

“Without explaining the reasons for their behaviour, without providing a written position, Ukrainian side simply ignores the work of the group. We believe this attitude of Ukraine to the negotiation process is extremely outrageous,” the source said.

Discussion of security issues has now become the hottest. 35 days have passed since the signing of the Framework Decision on disengagement of forces and means, but disengagement of the parties in Stanitsa Luganskaya did not take place, despite the fact that LPR sent notifications about readiness for disengagement to the SMM OSCE daily.

“Delaying disengagement of forces by Ukrainian side, according to the DPR and the LPR envoys, slows down the process of discuss of further disengaging sites. Without the implementation of the first three pilot sites, there is no sense to consider new ones, they say.

The reasons relied on by Ukraine are banal, and, pursuant to paragraph 6 of the Framework Decision, may not be justifiable to suspend disengagement. And this happens despite the fact that at the last meeting of the “Normandy Four” it was recommended not to delay, but to continue disengagement process,” the source concluded.

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