Today, at a meeting of the Contact Group, as part of a discussion of security issues, the negotiators focused on agreeing the specific coordinates of potential disengagement sites, as well as on a draft supplement to the Framework decision, which is necessary for the implementation of further separation of forces and hardware.
“Following the discussions of last meeting, we carefully worked out the coordinates of two locations, taking into account all the proposals, and sent them to the coordinator in advance.
The Republic’s negotiators provided comprehensive arguments on the updated options, in which all the principles envisaged by the Framework Decision were observed.
Unfortunately, today it can be stated that the process of coordinating three new sites for the disengagement of forces and hardware is being delayed due to the position of the Ukrainian party, which is trying to promote its options that do not meet the requirements of the Framework Decision, and, in fact, do not involve a real withdrawal of its forces at the discussed locations” - Natalia Nikonorova said.
In addition, due to the growing escalation on the contact line, representatives of the Republics demanded the compliance of additional measures to strengthen and control the unlimited ceasefire agreed upon in July 2019, including the conduct of relevant proceedings.