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Russia urges NATO members to use influence on Kiev for implementation of Minsk-2
Russia has called on all NATO member states to "use their influence on Kiev" for implementation of the Minsk Agreements, Russia's Permanent Representative to NATO Alexander Grushko said Wednesday in an interview with Russian journalists after a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council.
"Russia called on all NATO-Russia Council members to use their influence on Kiev with the aim to make it give up military methods of solving the crisis and implement the political commitments in full," Grushko said.
"We also pointed to the fact that, while rendering political and military support to the Kiev authorities, the alliance plays into the hands of the 'party of war', which still hopes to regulate the crisis in Donbass by military means," he said.
"Special alarm is caused by the fact that Ukrainian servicemen, trained by instructors from the United States, Canada and other NATO countries, are deployed to the disengagement line," Grushko said.
Participants of the Contact Group on settlement of the situation in Donbass on February 12, 2015 signed in Minsk the Package of Measures on implementation of the Minsk Agreements, earlier agreed with members of the Normandy Four (Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine).
The document, dubbed "Minsk-2", envisions in particular pardon through enactment of a law forbidding persecution and punishment of people in relation to events in Donbass, cessation of fire, withdrawal of heavy armaments from the contact line.
It also stipulates start of dialogue on restoration of social and economic ties of Kiev and Donbass, as well as reform of the Ukrainian constitution aimed at decentralization and strengthening of the "special status of separate districts of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions".
At talks in Minsk on January 13, 2016, the Contact Group on settlement in Donbass agreed on a ceasefire - the seventh since the conflict start, from January 14. Both parties to the conflict have repeatedly accused each other of violating the deal.
[Source: Itar Tass, Brussels, 20Apr16]
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