The White House welcomed the statement by Russian President Vladimir Putin on the need for a peaceful resolution of the conflict in Donbass. About this on briefing On November 19, the press secretary of the US administration Jen Psaki said.
“We welcome President Putin’s statement on the need to resolve the conflict in Donbass peacefully on the basis of the Minsk agreements. We support the intensification of efforts to resolve the situation within the framework of the Minsk agreement and call for immediate steps to be taken to restore the ceasefire, ”said Psaki.
Earlier, Russia’s plenipotentiary representative in the contact group for resolving the situation in eastern Ukraine, Boris Gryzlov, said that Moscow calls on Kiev to begin negotiations with the self-proclaimed LPR and DPR on a political settlement in Donbass, Gazeta.RU reports.
On November 18, Vladimir Putin at an expanded meeting of the collegium of the Russian Foreign Ministry noted that the Ukrainian crisis is still far from over and remains one of the most acute for Russia. He added that the partners in the “Norman Quartet” – Germany and France – do not verbally dispute the significance of the Minsk agreements, but in fact indulge Kiev’s course of dismantling them.
According to the head of state, it is important to persistently and energetically continue the mediation efforts in the contact group and the Normandy format, since there are no other international mechanisms for promoting internal Ukrainian settlement, and there is no alternative to the implementation of the Minsk agreements themselves in full.
Since 2014, the Kiev authorities have been conducting a military operation against the residents of Donbass, who refused to recognize the results of the coup d’etat and the new government in Ukraine. At the same time, Kiev blames Moscow for the current situation.
Russia has repeatedly stated that it is not a party to the internal Ukrainian conflict. Issues of its settlement are being discussed in the Minsk and Normandy formats – with the participation of the Russian Federation, Ukraine, France, Germany.