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DPR’s top diplomat accuses Kiev of undermining road map at Minsk talks

Ukraine has been undermining proposals on developing a roadmap, says the DPR foreign minister

DONETSK, August 26. /TASS/. Ukrainian representatives in the political subgroup of the Contact Group on the settlement in the Donbass region have failed to put forward any proposals on developing a roadmap to defuse the crisis during the talks in Minsk, Natalya Nikonorova, the acting Foreign Minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) said on Friday commenting on Kiev’s statements on its alleged efforts in this area.

"Throughout the entire course of the Minsk process, Ukraine has never provided any documents or proposals on this very roadmap," she told the Donetsk News Agency.

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister, Pavel Klimkin, earlier told reporters that Kiev was working on "the road map’s logic and sequence." Nikonorova recalled that representatives of the Donbass republics and Russia had earlier come up with options for the roadmap and bills on an entire range of political issues. However, the parties failed to discuss these bills in Minsk in detail. "Ukrainian representatives have used various arguments and tools to avoid discussing these issues all this time," she added.

DPR officials have repeatedly noted that Kiev’s representatives at the Minsk talks are deliberately blocking peace initiatives put forward by the Donetsk and Lugansk republics. Kiev also avoids complying with its obligations to implement the Minsk agreements.