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Kiev imitating implementation of political part of Minsk accords — Russia’s envoy to OSCE

September 18, 2015, 15:31 UTC+3 MOSCOW

"We consider Kiev’s attempts to interpret or distort the Minsk agreements to their own advantage as a departure from the agreements made in the five-party format, Alexander Lukashevich says

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MOSCOW, September 18. /TASS/. Ukrainian forces are not only imitating the implementation of the political part of the Minsk agreement, Russia’s Envoy to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Alexander Lukashevich said on Friday.

"Over the last week, different sources hinted that the Minsk agreements are allegedly impossible to fulfill, that the implementation cannot be approached formally," the diplomat told the session of the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna. ‘in this respect, I would like to unequivocally stress that the Package of measures supported by the corresponding resolution of the UN Security Council, has no alternative. It should be implemented in full measure and in the order envisaged by the document," Lukashevich noted.

"We consider Kiev’s attempts to interpret or distort [the Minsk agreements] to their own advantage as a departure from the agreements made in the five-party format," the envoy said.

The key condition for implementing the Minsk agreements is Kiev’s direct dialogue with representatives of Donetsk and Luhansk, he continued. "For now, all Kiev’s actions in the sphere of implementing the political part of the Minsk agreements remain an imitation," Lukashevich stressed.

Minsk agreements on Ukraine

The Minsk accords were signed on February 12, after negotiations in the so-called "Normandy format" in the Belarusian capital Minsk, bringing together Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

The Minsk accords envisage ceasefire, weaponry withdrawal, prisoner exchange, local election in Donbas, constitutional reform in Ukraine and establishing working sub-groups on security, political, economy and humanitarian components of the Minsk accords.

The Ukrainian forces and the self-defense forces of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk republics have repeatedly accused each other of violating ceasefire and other points of the Minsk agreements.

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