Denis Pushilin: Minsk agreements allow us to build state and restore economy in more favourable conditions
The Minsk agreements are more advantageous for the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics than for Ukraine. This was stated by the Chairman of the DPR People’s Council, the permanent plenipotentiary representative of the DPR in the Contact group’s negotiations in Minsk in the “Parliamentary Bulletin” programme on the First Republican TV channel.
ʺSumming up the results of 2017, it is necessary to say that the Minsk process goes on. Besides that, I would like to emphasize that the Minsk agreements are more advantageous for the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics than for Ukraine. Otherwise, it would have already implemented them. But now, on the part of Ukraine, we see only sabotage and manipulation. No paragraph of the Minsk agreements has been implemented fully yet, because their implementation is extremely painful for Ukraine.
As for us, we are building a full-fledged state now. The Minsk agreements give us an opportunity in more favorable conditions than in 2014-2015 years, when there was full-fledged war, to build all institutions of power, to restore the economy.
Also, the passing year was marked by the fact that as a result of the transport blockade organized by the Ukrainian side, we had to introduce external public administration at a number of enterprises of Ukrainian jurisdiction. This is an additional burden for us, it creates difficulties. The entire production process had to be built from scratch, starting with the supply of raw materials and ending with the sale of finished products. We have to fight for market and there are complexities of documentation procedures and other problems related to the non-recognition of our Republic.
Nevertheless, I believe that the Minsk agreements are a fact worth paying attention to. I think that while they function, Ukraine will do its best not to get out of them by its own fault, and will accuse us of violating the Minsk agreements at the same time. We are used to it, just as we used to live and go without Ukraine,ʺ Denis Pushilin said.