December 26, 2017 – FRN –
Ukrainian authorities, instead of reintegration of Donbass, with their own hands push the region out of the country, said Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Grigory Karasin.
According to him, in accordance with the Minsk agreements, Donbass should be granted a special status within Ukraine.
“In reality, we see the reverse process. Instead of reintegrating the region into a common political and economic space, the Ukrainian leadership actually pushes the southeast out of the country with its own hands, “Karasin said.
In his opinion, Kiev operates in all available ways – “from the termination of social and pension payments, disconnection of water supply, electricity, and attempts to isolate the Donbass by introducing its total blockade.”
“All this is done for one purpose – to provoke mass discontent and force the region to capitulate, without regard for the opinion of the majority of its population, which does not want to put up with the politics of Kiev,” he stressed.
“Such actions are contrary to the Minsk agreements (point 8), which confirmed the need to take measures to improve the humanitarian situation and economic recovery of the southeast of Ukraine, to establish trade ties with our country,” Karasin said.
Answering a question about whether Russia should recognize the independence of the Lugansk and Donetsk People’s Republics, the diplomat stressed: “As for the further fate of the Donetsk and Lugansk republics, it should be, above all, the choice of people living there.”
In his opinion, it is residents who must decide on the forms of state, political, economic and social coexistence with their neighbors that will be acceptable and comfortable for them.
“I am sure that without a direct, honest and constructive dialogue between Kiev, Donetsk and Lugansk, a reasonable solution to the current crisis can hardly be found. Alas, this is precisely what the Kiev authorities avoid in every possible way, “Karasin said.