MOSCOW, July 3. /TASS/. Moscow is "deeply concerned" about Kiev’s inability to fulfill its commitments to hold local elections in east Ukraine’s self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Luhansk, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday.
Speaking after talks with his Luxembourg counterpart Jean Asselborn, Lavrov said that particular attention at the meeting had been paid to the crisis in Ukraine.
"Both Russia and our Luxembourg counterparts agree that there is no alternative to implementing every single provision of the February 12 Minsk agreements," he said, referring to the peace deal signed by leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France in the Belarusian capital.
"We emphasised that establishing a direct and mutually respectful dialogue between Kiev and representatives of Donetsk and Luhansk is an essential component of successful movement in this direction," Lavrov said. "Without this, it is impossible neither to reach a stable political settlement nor to resolve any other issues which should be settled in accordance with the February 12 complex of measures."
"Russia is deeply concerned about Kiev’s inability and unwillingness to fulfill its commitments to coordinate with Donetsk and Luhansk modalities of conducting local elections and its inability to attract representatives of the self-proclaimed republics to drawing up a new constitution," Lavrov said after talks with his Luxembourg counterpart Jean Asselborn.
Russia’s top diplomat expressed concern that Ukraine’s draft constitution, prepared without participation of Donetsk and Luhansk representatives, "does not fulfill any of the requirements of the Minsk agreements with regard to this document".
He said the draft "does not reflect the tasks of ensuring a special status for these territories on a permanent basis and does not reflect the tasks of decentralization of power" as envisaged in the peace deal reached in the Belarusian capital in February.
Constitutional reform is an important part of the February 12 comprehensive action plan to fulfill the Minsk accords worked out by leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France in the search for peace in the embattled eastern Donbas region.
A key element of reform is decentralization of government with respect to the peculiarities of certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions agreed with their representatives, as well as adopting permanent legislation on the special status of certain Donbas areas.