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20.11.2020

Normandy Summit on Ukraine: one year on

During the recent visit of Ukrainian President Zelensky to London the UK Government did not spare words to reiterate its full support for Ukrainian reforms and territorial integrity. New calls were made for the implementation of the Minsk Agreements, the premise being that it is Russia and “Russia-backed separatists” who hamper the political process. Yet the reality is quite the opposite. We believe it is important to set the record straight: the Minsk Agreements and political engagements based on them are being persistently and deliberately ignored by Ukraine itself (with the connivance and, often, encouragement of its Western backers).

Consider the meeting on 9 December 2019 in Paris between presidents Macron, Putin, Zelensky and Chancellor Merkel in what is known as the “Normandy” format. The summit conclusions identified 7 steps to be taken, including immediate measures to stabilise the situation as well as those related to the general political process. They were supposed to be negotiated and implemented by April 2020. Today, almost a year since, only two decisions have been implemented, and then only partially. Taking stock of nearly a year of work in the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) between Kiev, Donetsk and Luhansk, it is fair to say Ukraine carries full responsibility for this lamentable lack of progress.

Let’s take the measures envisaged, one by one:

1. full and comprehensive ceasefire – partially implemented: agreed by TCG on 22 July 2020 and started on 27 July 2020. Yet OSCE Special Monitoring Mission has reported around 1600 ceasefire violations from August to October;

2. updated demining plan – not implemented: 19 demining areas are under consideration, but none of them has been approved by the Ukrainian side;

3. agreement on 3 additional disengagement areas – not implemented: even 4 such areas are currently being discussed within the TCG, but Kiev remains reluctant to agree;

4. release and exchange of conflict-related detainees by the end of the year 2019 on the basis of the principle of “all for all” – partially implemented: 200 persons were released on 29 December 2019 and 34 on 16 April 2020. Yet a large number of people continue to be detained. Kiev has not fully implemented its commitment to clear the released detainees of all charges;

5. agreement on new crossing points along the line of contact – not implemented: this year two checkpoints (Schastye and Zolotoye) have been discussed, with Kiev initially reluctant to give the relevant security guarantees and now delaying the construction itself;

6. settlement of legal aspects related to the special status for certain areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, as outlined in the Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements – far from being implemented: Kiev has been continuously evading and neglecting this crucial political provision; 

7. legislative incorporation of the so-called ”Steinmeier formula“, which links granting the special status to Donbass with holding free and fair elections there, – agreed by President Zelensky on October 2019, but still not implemented.

Above all, authorities in Kiev continue to question the Minsk Agreements as such, distort their provisions and the sequence of steps to be taken. Ukraine is flouting dialogue with its own regions through the TCG, continuing to pretend that talks are to be held with Russia. This policy can only be explained as being aimed at derailing the political process. One can only guess what alternatives Kiev is contemplating.

It is important that Western partners and sponsors continue to work with Ukraine, mobilizing the political will of the ruling class to implement all the Minsk and Paris commitments. A new Normandy summit is not a panacea – conclusions agreed in Paris must be implemented first. Instead, we are witnessing unconditional statements of support coupled with military assistance of various kinds. This is not the kind of signals that should be sent to hot heads in Kiev if we are to see a negotiated solution to the protracted crisis.




LATEST EVENTS

24.08.2021 - Comment by Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on the meeting of the so-called Crimea Platform in Kiev

We have taken note of an event that was held in Kiev on August 23 and was entitled a “Crimea Platform Summit.” The stated aim of this political project, developed with active involvement of government experts from the United States, the UK and the European Union and funded by the United States Agency for International Development, is “the de-occupation of Crimea and its reintegration with Ukraine.” The participants involved are just right for this goal – mainly being NATO countries and some international organisations sharing a common delusion that the Crimean Peninsula should be part of the current Ukrainian state and that it can be torn away from the Russian Federation by increasing political and economic pressure on Russia.


21.08.2021 - Embassy comment on new sanctions imposed by UK

We took notice of the new personal sanctions imposed by the UK on the Russian nationals for what is claimed to be ‘their direct responsibility for the poisoning of Alexey Navalny’. It is indicative indeed that sanctions are being rubber-stamped in a process which is completely detached from actual facts and looks like a formality, a way to ‘mark anniversaries’.


20.08.2021 - Press release on the anniversary of “Alexey Navalny case”

August 20 marks one year since the emergency hospitalisation of Russian blogger Alexey Navalny in Omsk - an incident which, through the purposeful efforts of a group of Western states, was raised to the level of an international event, which led to the bringing of unsubstantiated charges against Russia for allegedly using a “chemical warfare agent” on its territory. At the same time, the actions taken by the FRG authorities and their allies over the past 12 months clearly show that that a pre-planned provocation was carried out against our country to discredit the Russian Federation in the eyes of the international community and to damage its national interests.


19.08.2021 - Human rights situation in the United Kingdom. Report by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Moscow, 2021

The United Kingdom positions itself as the benchmark in promotion and protection of human rights while neglecting principles of sovereign equality of States and non-interference in their internal affairs. Teaching others how to behave and repeating trite age-old clichés, London tries to disguise its own problems, including comfortable existence of organizations with neoNazi ideologies, increase in racist acts, discrimination of ethnic minorities in many areas of public life, abuse of powers and use of torture by law enforcement officials. This list is far from exhaustive. Besides, crimes of British soldiers against civilians during military campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq remain unpunished.


17.08.2021 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s answers to media questions following a visit to the Kaliningrad Region, Kaliningrad, August 17, 2021

Question: You had a meeting with freight carriers today. What is the status of the Dubki-Rambinas checkpoint, when will it become operational and, in general, what problems did the carriers share with you? How can you help them? Sergey Lavrov: I discussed the state of affairs with the Governor and the President of the Association of International Road Carriers {ASMAP). Many issues under review were highly specific and purely technical. As we reiterated today, they are being considered by a special government commission chaired by First Deputy Prime Minister Andrey Belousov. The next meeting will be held in September. Today's meeting, which made it possible to sum up all our concerns, was quite timely. In a joint effort with our colleagues from the Kaliningrad Region Government and ASMAP, we will summarise these suggestions for further consideration by this commission.


14.08.2021 - Russia's MFA Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on the situation concerning BBC Moscow correspondent Sarah Rainsford.

The official London, as represented by Minister for European Neighbourhood and the Americas Wendy Morton and the UK’s diplomatic mission in Moscow, have chosen to link the non-renewal of the Russian visa and accreditation for BBC Moscow correspondent Sarah Rainsford with “the deteriorating situation with media freedom in Russia,” cynically turning the whole situation on its head. We have to state that these assertions are false.


29.06.2021 - Joint Statement of the Russian Federation and the People's Republic of China on the Twentieth Anniversary of the Treaty of Good Neighbourliness and Friendly Cooperation between the Russian Federation and the People's Republic of China, 28 June 2021

On the eve of the twentieth anniversary of the Treaty of Good Neighbourliness and Friendly Cooperation between the Russian Federation and the People's Republic of China, signed on 16 July 2001, the Russian Federation and the People's Republic of China, hereinafter referred to as the Parties, in order to continue the dynamic development of comprehensive partnership and strategic interaction in a new era, in accordance with the spirit and letter of the Treaty, declare as follows:


24.06.2021 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks at the 9th Moscow Conference on International Security, Moscow, June 24, 2021

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks at the 9th Moscow Conference on International Security in Moscow.


18.06.2021 - The Visa Centre in Manchester will resume its operation

Due to considerable number of requests of foreign nationals living far away from London the Visa Application Centre in Manchester will reopen on 23 June.


17.06.2021 - President Putin's news conference following Russia-US talks, June 16, 2021

President Putin's news conference following Russia-US talks in Geneva.



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