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Russian diplomat urges to legally seal West’s deceit regarding Minsk agreements

The official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry considers necessary further qualification in the legal space of the promises of the leaders of Germany, France and Ukraine in 2015
Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova Valery Sharifulin/TASS
Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova
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MOSCOW, February 12. /TASS/. The Western nations’ deceit regarding the Minsk agreements on Ukrainian reconciliation needs to be formally sealed and qualified within the legal framework, the Russian Foreign Ministry’s official spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, said.

"The fact that those countries, those politicians deceived the international community, and the people of Ukraine were the first to suffer from their deceit, deserves to be formally sealed within the framework of the law," she told the Right to Know TV show on Russia’s TVTs television. "Instead of talk, there must be a [legal] qualification, and it must be made by law experts."

"The thing is that they deceived the UN Security Council," she said.

According to Zakharova, from the very outset, Germany, France and Ukraine implied something totally opposite to what they had openly pledged to their people, to Europe and the world in general.

"They <…> gave the Kiev regime time to rearm. This means that they planned to deceive the international community from the very start. The intentions that they declared were totally different from what they had in mind," she added.

The diplomat described this as a real sham and a global-scale fraud.

"There was a [malicious] intent that dealt a blow to global security," she added.

Poroshenko said earlier that the Minsk Agreements, signed in 2015, had made it possible to ready the Armed Forces of Ukraine and establish an international coalition against Russia. Last December, ex-German Chancellor Angela Merkel in an interview with the Die Zeit newspaper divulged that the Minsk accords were "an attempt to buy Ukraine time to become stronger." According to her, "it was clear to everyone" that the conflict had been frozen and the issue had not been resolved, "but it provided precious time to Ukraine." Hollande, who also took part in the discussions of the Package of Measures on the implementation of the Minsk accords in 2015, later confirmed Merkel’s statement.