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Expert: ‘Minsk-3’ idea could undermine settlement in Donbas

August 12, 2015, 15:59 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Minsk-1 and Minsk-2 is a one whole process, that is why talks about Minsk-3 would mean cancellation of Minsk-2, which would be a disaster for the peace settlement, an expert says
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Aftermath of a shelling in Donetsk (archive)

Aftermath of a shelling in Donetsk (archive)

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MOSCOW, August 12./TASS/. Kiev will fail to implement these points of the Minsk agreements that concern the holding of local elections and a constitutional reform, the head of the Center for Current Politics, Alexey Chesnakov, told a roundtable at TASS news agency on Wednesday.

"Minsk-1 and Minsk-2 is a one whole process, that is why talks about Minsk-3 would mean cancellation of Minsk-2, which would be a disaster for the peace settlement," he said.

"From the point of view of implementation of the agreements, I don’t think that all is unambiguous here," he continued. "Out of 13 points of the Minsk agreements only two have been implemented — on activity of the Contact Group [on the settlement in eastern Ukraine] and on monitoring, verification of the ceasefire," he said.

Chesnakov believes the points on ceasefire and pullback of armaments could be implemented before the end of the year. "As for other points, in particular on modality of the holding of elections, on a constitutional reform, Ukraine won’t have time to implement them before the end of the year," he added.

Regular talks of the participants of the Trilateral Contact Group were held in Minsk on February 10-12, 2015. Normandy Four (France, Germany, Russia, Ukraine) leaders also discussed the Ukrainian issue in Minsk then.

A 13-point Package of Measures on implementation of the September 2014 Minsk agreements was adopted at those talks.

The package in particular included an agreement on cessation of fire from February 15, withdrawal of heavy armaments, as well as measures on long-term political settlement of the situation in Ukraine, including establishment of working subgroups as priority tasks.

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