MOSCOW, December 24. /TASS/. The Russian Foreign Ministry is convinced of the need to continue work next year to implement the provisions of the Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements of February 12 in all their entirety, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said on Thursday commenting on the results of the meeting of the Contact Group on the situation in eastern Ukraine held on December 22 in Minsk, Belarus.
"Unfortunately, we have to state that the truce is becoming increasingly more fragile because of more frequent provocations," the diplomat said. "In this context, an appeal of OSCE envoy to the Contact Group Martin Sajdik on full ceasefire from December 23 for the entire period of Christmas and the New Year holidays has become timely," Zakharova said. "We believe that the ‘silence regime’ in Donbas should not be limited by winter holidays but be indefinite. This is the goal all of us should pursue."
According to her, Sajdik "also noted the issue of continuing the work of the Contact Group in 2016." "He expressed his commitment to strictly complying with the Package of Measures and spoke out in favor of further active involvement of representatives of Donetsk and Luhansk in the Minsk process," the diplomat said.
"For our part, we are convinced of continuing consistent work in 2016 to ensure the compliance with the provisions of the Package of Measures of February 12, 2015, in all their entirety and subsequence, on the basis of the direct dialogue between Kiev and Donbas as a key precondition for a comprehensive and viable settlement of the Ukrainian crisis," Zakharova added.