The European Union believes that the Minsk agreements are the only way to resolve the conflict in Donbas, and supports their full implementation. This is stated in the official response of the European Council to the request of German MP Maximilian Kra.
As the 112 Ukraina TV channel reported on July 12, the request was sent because of the “obvious slippage in the settlement process” and also against the background of the initiative of the leader of the “Opposition Platform – For Life” Viktor Medvedchuk, who proposed to create a parliamentary dimension of the “Norman format”.
“The European Union continues to assert that it will support Ukraine’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders. It has repeatedly made it clear that full implementation of the Minsk agreements is the only way to find a lasting and peaceful solution to the conflict in eastern Ukraine,” the TV channel quoted the European Council as saying.
On July 9, Kiev’s representative in the Donbas contact group Oleksiy Reznik said that the Minsk agreements are outdated and do not correspond to modern realities. According to him, “they are not carved in stone” and Ukraine may refuse them.
In response, the spokesman for the Russian leader, Dmitriy Peskov, recalled that the Ukrainian side was increasingly making statements about the need to change the Minsk agreements. At the same time, he said, Moscow did not understand how to interpret these statements. He also added that if the agreements are abandoned, the participants in the negotiation process will lose the base on which it is based, while it will be extremely difficult to create a new base in the form of a certain document.
In January this year, during a meeting with French MPs, Medvedchuk presented an initiative on the parliamentary dimension of the “Norman format,” which he later introduced to all major factions of the Bundestag. The issue was also discussed in Moscow – with State Duma deputies and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Ukrainian politician expected that the first meeting of parliamentarians of the four countries would be held in April-May this year, but it never took place.
The armed conflict in Donbas started in 2014 after the state revolution in Ukraine. Residents of the region opposed the new government and declared their independence, later united in the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics. Kiev began an anti-terrorist operation against them, and in 2018 replaced it with a joint force operation.
In February 2015, a meeting of leaders of the “Quartet” was held in Minsk, where a set of measures to implement the Minsk agreements, adopted in September 2014, was developed.