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MOSCOW, February 21. /TASS/. Compliance with decisions by the Normandy Quartet and the meeting of the Contract Group in Minsk of February 12 is now an absolute priority, the Russian Foreign Ministry’s commissioner for human rights, democracy and the rule of law, Konstantin Dolgov has said on the Rossiya-24 television news channel.
"Compliance with the Minsk Accords of February 12 is an absolute priority of fundamental importance," he said. "This is so because bombardments of residential areas by Ukrainian forces that lasted for months have been brought to an end at last."
"This is the most important result of the work done with Russia’s active involvement. This is what constitutes the basis of the diplomatic efforts," Dolgov said. "It goes without saying that the bulk of responsibility for compliance with the Minsk Accords rests upon the parties to the conflict, as before.
All international actors interested in stabilization in Ukraine should take care of that, he said.
Dolgov specifically pointed to the colossal harm Kiev’s military crackdown had caused on civilians.
"We proceed from the assumption the Minsk Accords must be complied with. The implementation of these agreements would help gradually ease the extremely grave situation in Ukraine regarding the observance of the basic human rights and freedoms.