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Donetsk republic welcomes news on Contact Group meeting on Sunday

December 17, 2014, 18:47 UTC+3 DONETSK

“We are glad that in the long run, Poroshenko has heard our appeal to get Ukraine back within a peace process,” vice speaker Denis Pushilin said

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DONETSK, December 17. /TASS/. Ukraine’s self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) welcomes the statement of President Poroshenko announcing the date of new talks of the Contact Group on Ukraine, vice speaker Denis Pushilin told the Donetsk news agency on Wednesday.

“We are glad that in the long run, even if under the pressure of Russia and the European Union, Poroshenko has heard our appeal to get Ukraine back within a peace process,” Pushilin said. “We once again confirm our readiness for peace talks,” he said.

LPR received no notification on talks

The self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) has received no notification from Kiev for holding the Contact Group meeting in Minsk on December 21, LPR plenipotentiary envoy Vladislav Deinego said on Wednesday.

At the same time, he said the republic “is ready for talks if four issues, which were declared earlier, will be included in the agenda.”

The priority issues are to observe the “silence regime,” to revoke Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s decree on the social and economic blockade of Donbas and to promulgate the laws on the special status of Donbas and on amnesty, he said.

Contact Group meeting on December 21

The next meeting of the Contact Group on ending the crisis in eastern Ukraine may be held in the Belarusian capital Minsk on December 21, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said at a news conference in Warsaw on Wednesday.

The meeting of the group was initially scheduled to be held in Minsk between December 9 and December 12. However, the event was postponed at the initiative of the Ukrainian authorities.

On September 20 in Minsk, the trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine comprising representatives of Ukraine, Russia and the OSCE adopted a memorandum outlining the parameters for the implementation of commitments on the ceasefire in Ukraine laid down in the Minsk Protocol of September 5.

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