Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard
The head of DPR Alexander Zakharchenko considers that the Minsk agreement is not the final document in the settlement of the conflict in Donbas, as after all of the items of the package of measures have been fulfilled, Kiev and the Republics will move towards direct dialogue.
“Yes, we signed the Minsk agreement, but it is not the final document. Once all the points are fulfilled, then the next stage will come – our talks with the new Ukraine, because she will change if she will fulfill the Minsk agreements, about the principle of common living. And in this sense, all possibilities are open to us”, it is said in the statement of the head of DPR.
Zakharchenko noted that Minsk II was signed by the DPR for the transition from combat operations to a political settlement of the conflict.
“It was and it still remains our position. Ukraine’s position turned out to be different – non-fulfilment of its obligations under the Minsk agreements. And so we again are on the edge of war,” he said.
Zakharchenko added that despite the fact that in the agreement there is no question about the Republics, it was signed by the heads of DPR and LPR, thus it means, for Russia, Germany, and France “we presented our Republics as elected leaders. Otherwise, our signatures wouldn’t satisfy anyone”.
“Yes, there is no word in the package of measures about the Republics, but there’s also no word about how Ukraine will be. I.e. in this document there is no clear definition of the future. In fact, this document provided a “truce” and created the opportunity for a political settlement of the conflict,” said Zakharchenko.
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