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MOSCOW, July 2. /TASS/. Authorities in east Ukraine’s Luhansk People’s Republic said on Thursday the United States could play a positive role in making Kiev fulfill commitments made at February peace talks in the Belarusian capital Minsk.
"We are quite satisfied with the Minsk format of talks at the moment. But the key role in making Kiev fulfill the Minsk agreements should be played by guarantor states," said Alexey Karyakin, head of the self-proclaimed republic’s People’s Council, according to a Donetsk News Agency report.
"I believe that [US President Barack] Obama’s opinion could be very authoritative for [Ukrainian President Petro] Poroshenko since Ukraine relies heavily on the opinion of these countries," Karyakin said.
On February 12, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel held marathon talks in Minsk, seeking to reach a political settlement over east Ukraine's future.
Belarus also gathered former Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma and Kiev envoy for humanitarian issues Viktor Medvedchuk — both representing the Ukrainian side — alongside heads of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk republics Alexander Zakharchenko and Igor Plotnitsky.
OSCE special envoy for Ukraine Heidi Tagliavini and Russia’s ambassador to Ukraine Mikhail Zurabov joined them as mediators.
The meetings yielded a package of measures to implement the Minsk agreements, including a ceasefire in certain areas of east Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk regions starting from February 15.
They also called for withdrawal of all heavy weapons from the front line and measures to generate a lasting settlement to the conflict.