Round Table Discussion on Results of Minsk Agreements in H1 2016 held in Moscow

On June 30, 2016, the plenipotentiary representatives of the DPR and LPR in the Contact Group on the settlement of the situation in Donbass Denis Pushilin and Vladislav Deinego, Director of the Centre for Current Politics Alexey Chesnakov discussed the results of the Minsk agreements implementation in the first half of 2016 at the Round Table Discussion.

The issues were put on the agenda of the meeting related to the evaluation of the strategy and tactics of the Ukrainian leadership in the implementation of the Minsk agreements, the possibility of the special law adoption in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on terms of holding elections in Donbass and primaries in the DPR and LPR.

The plenipotentiary representative of the Donetsk People’s Republic in the Contact Group Denis Pushilin specified while talking about the current situation in the Republic that frequency of massive shelling of Donbass territory increased.

“Considering the fact that the representatives of the Ukrainian side are constantly changing in the political subgroup, there is no progress in its work, only regression. Military actions aggravate the situation: shelling began again in Donbass.The security issue is acute. Until an overall political settlement is achieved, no progress is in view. There is no alternative to the Minsk agreements”, Denis Pushilin pointed out.

Vladislav Deinego, the LPR plenipotentiary representative in the Contact Group, also noted the absence of progress in work of the political subgroup in the past six months.
“No written proposal or position has been delivered from the Ukrainian side. In fact, the work of the political subgroup is set back to one year ago”, Vladislav Deinego claimed.
The Director of the Centre for Current Politics Alexey Chesnakov informed about the preparation of a detailed report on the results and prospects of “Minsk-2”.
“The Centre for Current Politics is preparing the detailed report on the results and prospects of “Minsk-2” to the second anniversary of the negotiation process. We keep saying that there is no alternative to the Minsk process. Any attempts to broaden the themes of a conflict peaceful settlement in Donbass beyond the Minsk agreements can be regarded as their frustration”, Alexey Chesnakov stated.

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