Kiev’s sabotage of Minsk accords to lead to Donbass’ deeper integration with Russia – Ministry

Donetsk, Sep 23 – DAN. The sabotage of the Minsk Agreements by Kiev will deepen the integration between the Donbass Republics and the Russian Federation, Donetsk People’s Republic representative to the Contact Group, DPR Foreign Minister Natalia Nikonorova told the Donetsk News Agency on Monday.

“As we watch the new Ukrainian authorities’ attitude to the Minsk process, we detect more and more reasons for the disappointing conclusion that under Zelensky (Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky – eds Donetsk News Agency), a stable and comprehensive settlement of the conflict will not be achieved,” Nikonorova said. “We’re facing another five years of Ukraine’s cynical sabotage of its obligations under the Minsk package documents.”

This situation enables Donbass to continue to build its statehood, develop its economic, trade and financial systems, step up production, promote culture, research, sport and education, and deepen and expand cooperation with the Russian Federation, she said.

Earlier, Ukrainian presidential aide Andrey Yermak told the Levy Bereg online media outlet that special self-rule in Donbass was not a subject of negotiations at Minsk or “Normandy Four” meetings.   In early September, advisors to the Normandy Four” leaders discussed the enforcement of the law on special status of Donbass under the Steinmeier formula.Yermak, the Ukrainian representative at the talks, agreed to the mechanism at the time. However, at the meeting in Minsk on September 18, Ukrainian representative to the Contact Group Leonid Kuchma refused to sign the formula.

The DPR Foreign Ministry called it undisguised sabotage of the peace accords.*jk

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