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Kiev, Donbas still to agree timetable, sequence of weapons pullback — Russian diplomat

September 17, 2015, 20:07 UTC+3 VIENNA

Alexander Lukashevich blamed the failure to achieve final agreements on the Kiev authorities

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 Russia’s OSCE envoy Alexander Lukashevich

Russia’s OSCE envoy Alexander Lukashevich

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VIENNA, September 17. /TASS/. Kiev and the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk republics have agreed on the format and mechanism of pulling back weapons with calibres under 100 mm, but remain divided over the timetable and sequence of steps, Russia’s OSCE envoy, Alexander Lukashevich, told TASS.

"The fundamental agreement regarding the format and mechanism has been achieved. There remain certain things related to the sequence of pullback from certain sectors and the timetable," he said.

Lukashevich blamed the failure to achieve final agreements on the Kiev authorities. He hopes that the parties will be through with the work on the document by the Paris meeting of the Normandy Quartet leaders, due early October.

Earlier, the Contact Group’s security subgroup failed to produce a final version of the agreement on the pullback of weapons from the line of disengagement. The press-service of the Donetsk Republic’s permanent representative in the contact group, Denis Pushilin, said the militias were prepared to put signatures to the compromise version, but Ukraine’s stance remained basically unchanged.

More discussions within the subgroup are to follow on September 22, when the Contact Group and other subgroups gather in Minsk.

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