May 31, 2016 –
Translated by J. Arnoldski
Russia is not abandoning and has not forgotten about South-Eastern Ukraine, the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Sergey Lavrov, stated in an interview with Komsomolskaya Pravda.
“We are not abandoning and have not forgotten about the South-East of Ukraine, and we are actively supporting them with humanitarian aid and the resolving of ongoing economic problems,” the Russian minister explained.
According to Lavrov, Donbass will never agree to the deployment of any kind of international force on its territory.
“This is not provided for in the Minsk Agreements. Donbass will never opt for this. All steps for resolving [the situation] must, without exception, be agreed upon with Donbass in according with the Minsk Agreements,” Lavrov remarked.
“The subject of security has suddenly become the most important one for President Poroshenko, but not only the ceasefire, but the ensuring of the safety of some kind of international force throughout the entire territory of Donbass,” he added.