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MOSCOW, October 14. /TASS/. Kiev may establish control along the entire length of the Russian-Ukrainian border only by fulfilling the Minsk peace agreements, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Wednesday.
"It is impossible to mess the Minsk agreements, a series of steps is clearly defined there," Lavrov said at the lower house of Russia’s parliament, the State Duma.
"Before the issue is on establishing control of the Ukrainian government along the Russian-Ukrainian border, the Ukrainian leadership has to implement a whole range of serious steps, first of all to ensure the real and true special status of Donbas," he said.
Lavrov reminded that the following steps are local elections in Donbas, lifting the economic blockade of the war-torn eastern Ukrainian region and restoring essential services there.
"Only when all the reforms are completed, when there is a new constitution, only then the issue will be on establishing control of Ukraine’s authorities along the whole Russian-Ukrainian border," he said.
The February 12 Minsk peace accords, known as the Minsk 2, envisage ceasefire, heavy weaponry withdrawal, prisoner exchange, local elections in Donbas and the adoption of the new constitution in Ukraine by the end of 2015.
Agreements of the Normandy Four format should be implemented via the dialogue between Kiev and Donbas, Russian Foreign Minister went on to say.
"We are satisfied with results of the Normandy Four summit [comprising Russia, France, Germany and Ukraine] held in Paris and primarily, with recognition that meticulous implementation of the Minsk agreements is needed," Lavrov said.
"Now, clearly-defined fulfillment of relevant commitments should be ensured so as to resolve all topical issues through a direct dialogue of Kiev and Donbas," he said.