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28.06.2017

Remarks by Andrey Rudenko, Director of the Foreign Ministry’s Second CIS Department, at the Special Session on ensuring security and stability in the OSCE region in light of developments with respect to Ukraine at the OSCE Annual Security Review Conference, Vienna, June 27, 2017

Colleagues,

I would like to join our colleagues in expressing condolences to the family of Joseph Stone. His death is a heavy loss for his family and friends and a severe blow to the peace-making efforts of the Special Monitoring Mission and the OSCE. We hope the truth in this case will be established soon and those responsible will be held accountable.

The internal Ukrainian crisis that began more than three years ago was provoked by contradictions that had accumulated in the European security system after the Cold War. The Ukrainian tragedy is the result of Western attempts to retain their tottering global leadership and to dominate the post-Soviet geopolitical space, including through direct interference in the internal developments of the emergent states. The foreign-inspired state coup in Ukraine has split the nation and pushed the country into the abyss of permanent instability and a fratricidal war. This has created a serious source of tension in Europe and buried the dreams and hopes for a common European home. The litany of Russia’s responsibility for this tragedy is nothing more than cheap propaganda and an attempt to avoid responsibility. We know very well now how it began, who paid whom, who sent weapons to Ukraine and, as they say in Ukraine, who waged an all-out hybrid war.

Nobody in Russia, Ukraine or Europe needs this conflict, which has resulted in huge human and material losses. But some forces are stoking instability in Ukraine in a bid to attain their geopolitical goals – to reinforce their waning influence and beef up their military presence in Europe, to maintain NATO’s decreasing relevance, and ultimately, to uphold their economic interests, including their energy interests. An additional goal is to settle their internal political problems.

Despite Kiev’s anti-Russia hysterics, hostility and efforts to sever all relations with Russia and root out the memory of our shared history, we still view Ukraine as a close neighbour with family ties to Russia. To us, Ukraine is a country with which we continue to develop trade and from which millions of ordinary people go to Russia in search of a living. Russia probably feels the consequences of the internal Ukrainian crisis better than anyone else, partly because it has accepted over a million Ukrainian refugees, which is more than any other country has done. This is why we are advocating the early restoration of peace and stability in Ukraine – and hence on our borders – and also the resumption of pragmatic and mutually beneficial cooperation between our countries.

Despite this, we have attained the main goal in the two years since the signing of the Minsk Package of Measures – we have stopped an all-out war in Donbass. Permanent channels of communication between the conflicting parties have been created, including the Trilateral Contact Group where a permanent dialogue is maintained between Donbass and Kiev, even though it is not as productive as we would like. Intensive contact is also maintained at different levels within the Normandy format.




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