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The Minsk Agreement

by on Oct.12, 2021, under Uncategorized

These discussions are based on the so-called Minsk Agreements, which refer to a protocol and memorandum signed in September 2014 and a subsequent package of measures of February 2015, approved by the UN Security Council in Resolution 2202 (and sometimes referred to as the Minsk II Agreement). All these documents were negotiated in the Belarusian capital (President Lukashenko cleverly offered to organize these talks, which allowed him to adopt a neutral attitude), supported by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), based in Vienna, and signed by representatives of Ukraine and Russia, but also by the self-proclaimed leaders of the separatist “republics” of Donetsk and Luhansk. Meanwhile, most of the EU sanctions imposed since 2014 following Russia`s annexation of Crimea and its participation in eastern Ukraine are linked to Russia`s “full implementation” of the Minsk agreements. The new package, commonly known as “Minsk II,” has been criticized as “highly complicated” and “extremely fragile,” and very similar to the failed Minsk Protocol. [5] [34] [35] The New York Times reported that the plan contained “a few stumbling wires,” such as for example. B the non-delimitation of control of the town of Debaltséwe, which was the site of the most violent fighting at the time of the drawing up of the plan. [5] [36] Following the Minsk talks, Chancellor Merkel, President Hollande and President Poroshenko attended a European Union (EU) summit in Brussels. [37] At the summit, the Minsk participants briefed the EU Heads of State and Government on the discussions. At the briefing, they said president Putin had tried to delay the implementation of a ceasefire by ten days to force Debaltsewe`s Ukrainian troops to abandon their positions.

Radical Party leader Oleh Lyashko said the law was “a vote for de facto recognition of the Russian occupation in Donbass.” Parliament Deputy Speaker Andriy Parubiy said the law was “not for Putin or for the occupiers,” but to show Europe that Ukraine was ready to comply with Minsk II. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the law was a “severe abandonment of the Minsk agreements.” [56] Representatives of LPR and DVR stated that the law was a “unilateral” amendment to Minsk II and that the agreement was annulled by this amendment.

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