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Lavrov says Kiev’s sponsors in US, Europe collude with warmongers

April 05, 12:39 UTC+3 MOSCOW

There have been attempts at rescinding the Minsk Accords on settling the internal crisis in Ukraine, Lavrov pointed out

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MOSCOW, April 5. /TASS/. The patrons of the Kiev authorities in the United States and Europe turn a blind eye on attempts to rescind the Minsk Accords and encourage the "warmongers’ party," Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told the Moscow Conference on International Security on Thursday.

"There have been attempts at rescinding the Minsk Accords on settling the internal crisis in Ukraine. The current authorities in Kiev in fact disrupt their implementation," he said. "Their sponsors and handlers in the United States and Europe turn a blind eye on this, while at the same time encouraging the party of warmongers in Kiev, which is determined to deal with the Donbass problem from the position of strength."

Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko on February 20 signed a law entitled On Certain Aspects of State Policy in Securing State Sovereignty over the Temporarily Occupied Territories of the Donetsk and Lugansk Regions (often referred to as reintegration of Donbass act). The law took effect on February 24.

In this document the territories beyond Kiev’s control are called "temporarily occupied territories," Russia’s policies are interpreted as "aggression against Ukraine," and the Ukrainian president is empowered to use the armed forces inside the country without the parliament’s consent. For this a special command center of the Ukrainian army was created to coordinate all military, law enforcement and civilian authorities in the zone of the conflict. All mentions of the Minsk Accords are absent from the text of the law.

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