Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Donetsk People's Republic

DPR Foreign Minister: Kiev should not make “disclosures”, but fulfill its obligations under the Minsk Agreements

08 February 2021
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The Ukrainian authorities demonstrate a great attention to the Russian Donbass forum: more than a week has passed since its holding, but the inhabitants of Kiev offices are still actively discussing and commenting on it. Of course, we are flattered by such an interest in Donbass events. The only pity is that this interest of the Ukrainian political community is essentially nothing more than another reason to spread learned theses in the media space that have nothing to do with reality. Moreover, the hypocrisy of the Ukrainian authorities is striking: the "Russian Donbass" doctrine, which is essentially a scientific work and a reflection of society mood, is very worrying for them. But the bills on transitional justice and internment officially developed in Kiev, which not only contradict the Minsk agreements, but also violate the rights and freedoms of Donbass residents, do not bother the Ukrainian leadership at all. 

At the same time, it is noteworthy that representatives of Ukraine, in particular, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, so often and everywhere speak out according to the manuals that sometimes by accident they themselves reveal the methods and tactics of provocations described in them. Mr. Kuleba claims that the Republics allegedly “shake the peace negotiations, but at the same time they disperse the narrative that “Ukraine is killing Minsk and Normandy”. But in fact, everything is exactly the opposite: both the Minsk and Normandy formats are being shaken by Kiev. Ukrainian leaders regularly call for either rewriting the Minsk agreements, or adding new participants to the Normandy Four, or openly ignoring the second side of the conflict - Donbass - and declaring that dialogue with us is impossible. And in all these obvious attempts to disrupt a peaceful settlement, either the Republics or the Russian Federation are accused. 

The statements that Ukraine allegedly fulfilled all the instructions following the results of the Normandy Four summit in 2019 sound absolutely surreal. OSCE Chairperson Ann Linde, to whom Mr. Kuleba refers in this statement, during her visit to Donbass drew special attention to the fact that the ceasefire is not being observed. We recall that Ukraine thwarted measures to strengthen this regime in September last year, but to agree a new package of agreements, for which we call from time to time, the Ukrainian negotiators stubbornly refuse. Even with this order of the Normandy format, Kiev cannot cope with other blocks of the final communiqué of the Normandy Four countries leaders, including the coordination of all legal aspects of the political settlement in accordance with the Package of measures.
In such circumstances, all further passages by Mr. Kuleba with accusations of blocking the negotiation process against the Russian Federation cannot be taken seriously. Firstly, because it is high time for the Ukrainian authorities to understand that Russia is not a party, but a mediator in negotiations, therefore, to accuse it of allegedly failing to fulfill some obligations that this state does not have is the highest level of senselessness and absurdity. And secondly, because with each meeting of the Contact group that was disrupted due to the fault of Kiev, it becomes more and more clear to everyone interested in the course of the Minsk process that the games and provocations that Kuleba is talking about are a very accurate description of Ukraine's approach to a peaceful settlement. In this sense, such media revelations of Ukrainian leaders are perceived not as "great disclosures", but rather as an illustration to the proverb "He who smelt it dealt it."