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Russia seeks to facilitate implementation of Minsk Agreements — Kremlin spokesman

MOSCOW, February 26. /TASS/. Russia consistently seeks to facilitate the implementation of the Minsk Agreements, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, commenting on an interview by former Presidential Aide Vladislav Surkov.

"No, it is out of the question," Peskov stated, when asked if the Kremlin’s policy towards Ukraine had changed following the end of Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko’s term. "There is a consistent policy aimed at facilitating the implementation of the Minsk Agreements," he added.

The Russian presidential spokesman pointed out that there was no alternative to the Minsk Package of Measures. "Fulfilling its provisions in strict sequence is the only way to resolve Ukraine’s domestic issue," Peskov emphasized, adding that the position remained unchanged.

The Kremlin spokesman declined to comment on Surkov’s statement, in which he had said that he could not see the self-proclaimed Donbass republics becoming part of Ukraine once again.