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The results of the group on security issues (February 12)

Today, the negotiators of the Contact Group security group continued to discuss the parties' proposals with the coordinates of potential sites and the draft additions to the Framework decision, which is necessary for the implementation of further disengagement of forces and hardware.

“The work on agreeing the new sites, as well as additions to the Framework decision, is proceeding rather intensively. On the eve of the meeting, the Ukrainian party made provocative adjustments to the previously designated coordinates of the sites, which significantly complicated the approval process.

Today, a site in the area of ​​the October – Gnutovo checkpoint in the south of our Republic is being actively and thoroughly discussed, but it’s too early to talk about the parties agreeing on its coordinates.

We, as well as representatives of the OSCE Mission and the Russian Federation, clearly understand the importance and need for disengagement along the entire  contact line between the parties and are aimed at intensifying the coordination of the following three sections. Only such an approach will save the lives and health of civilians, therefore, all possible efforts are being made to speed up the coordination process: we proposed to continue work remotely between meetings in Minsk” - Natalia Nikonorova told.

We would like to remind that in order to resolve the important aspects that were left without attention during the subsequent dilution, it is extremely important to coordinate and initial the addition to the Framework decision. Today, the Ukrainian party again delayed the discussion of the issue of new sections, which is why the negotiators did not have enough time to move on to work on the supplement.