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Moscow notes Kiev’s attempts to sabotage all connected with Minsk process

May 15, 0:27 updated at: May 15, 23:56 UTC+3
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
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MOSCOW, May 15. /TASS/. There may be no decisions that would not correspond to the Minsk Agreements, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Saturday in the Right to Know program on TVC television channel.

"We are observing such an approach - an attempt to freeze, sabotage everything connected with the Minsk process," Zakharova said.

"At first Western partners did not believe us, thinking we have such a game. The Western position deeply changed half a year ago, when they saw Kiev is sabotaging in practice," she said.

"At the same time, Washington is in the most active way involved in Ukrainian affairs, taking into account what is not public: broad representation in the Ukrainian government, daily, weekly phone conversations of the U.S. vice president with the entire Ukrainian political establishment, starting from the president, regular visits by U.S. high-ranking officials to Ukraine not with protocol goals and not in the diplomatic routine," she said.

"Our position is that there should be clarity - there may be no decisions that would be out of line with the Minsk Agreements," Zakharova said.

Participants of the Contact Group on settlement of the situation in eastern Ukraine on April 29 agreed on the occasion of the Orthodox Easter to establish a regular "regime of silence" starting from midnight April 30. But the militia and Kiev’s army keep accusing each other of truce violations.

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".

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