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PRESS RELEASES AND NEWS

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

28.06.2022 - Russian Defence Ministry report on the progress of the special military operation in Ukraine (June 28, 2022)

On June 27, in Kremenchug (Poltava region), Russian Aerospace Forces launched a high-precision air attack at hangars with armament and munitions delivered by USA and European countries at Kremenchug road machinery plant. High-precision attack has resulted in the neutralisation of west-manufactured armament and munitions concentrated at the storage area for being delivered to Ukrainian group of troops in Donbass.


27.06.2022 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s article on the 30th anniversary of the Organisation of Black Sea Economic Cooperation published in the International Affairs journal on June 17, 2022

BSEC: Riding the waves of opportunity to the seas of common prosperity


22.06.2022 - Press release on threats to global food security and Ukrainian grain supplies to international markets

As far as the blockage of Ukrainian grain shipments by sea is concerned, we emphasise that Russia has never hindered the export of grain from Ukrainian Black Sea ports. In reality, safe navigation in Ukrainian territorial waters and the use of ports are currently impossible due to the high level of danger posed by mines and threat of shelling created by Kiev.


14.06.2022 - Foreign Ministry Statement on personal sanctions on UK citizens in the media and the defence lobby

In response to the British government’s anti-Russia actions to impose personal sanctions on our country’s leading journalists and heads of defence companies,Russiahas included senior executives and correspondents from a number of major British media, as well as representatives of the command of the armed forces, the defence industry, and theUKdefence lobby on the Russian “stop list.”


14.06.2022 - Embassy comment on the recent events in Donbass, 14 June 2022

Over the weekend we witnessed a dramatic increase in Ukrainian forces shelling of the city of Donetsk. The Mayor of Donetsk, Mr Alexey Kulemzin, has reported that on 13 June indiscriminate artillery strikes of the city centre lasted over 6 hours, killing at least 5 and wounding 33 civilians. The intensity of fire, with over 700 rockets and shells falling over the peaceful city and other towns and villages of the Donetsk People’s Republic, amounts to a full-fledged and purposeful military operation. In the recent days, bombardments covered a number of purely civilian areas and targets, including Vishnevskiy maternity hospital and Mayskiy market. Deliberate targeting and shelling of civilian objects is a war crime.


01.06.2022 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks and answers to questions following a meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Riyadh, June 1, 2022

The main conclusion from the assessment of the geopolitical situation is that one group of countries must not be allowed to establish domination in the world. Unfortunately, our Western partners have made this an absolute priority. They are openly announcing the need for a unipolar world order that they call “a rules-based order.” But it is the West that is drafting these rules (and they do not hide this). In their opinion, others do not have this right.


29.05.2022 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview with French TV channel TF1, Moscow, May 29, 2022

Sergey Lavrov: Unlike our Western colleagues, we are not chasing after the external effects. Nor do we regard the international actions we take as aimed at winning someone’s approval or achieving success, as you said. We are doing what we are forced to do. We are defending people and the Russian language, which has been exposed to direct discrimination and aggression by the Poroshenko and Zelensky regimes in Ukraine. We are defending Ukraine from nazification, which has persisted there for years, with the West’s direct connivance.


27.05.2022 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks at the 38th meeting of the Foreign Ministry’s Council of the Heads of Constituent Entities of the Russian Federation, Moscow, May 27, 2022

Colleagues, We are holding a regular meeting of the Foreign Ministry’s Council of the Heads of Constituent Entities of the Russian Federation. The meeting is taking place against the background of the special military operation in Ukraine, which is being conducted in connection with the tasks set by President of Russia Vladimir Putin, tasks involving the protection of civilians, the elimination of the Ukraine-posed security threats to the Russian Federation, and the denazification of this kindred country whose people have suffered and continue to suffer at the hands of a regime which encourages extreme neo-Nazi sentiments and practices.


23.05.2022 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks and answers to questions as part of the 100 Questions for the Leader project at the Yevgeny Primakov School, Moscow, May 23, 2022

I am glad to see you. My visits here are not frequent, but they are regular. And each time, I feel energised. Tomorrow, the eleven-formers will have to choose their path in life. It will not be long before the rest of you (the eight- to ten-formers) will also find yourselves at the same threshold. It is important to understand the substance of your life, the future substance of our society’s life within the framework of the professional trends that will be a factor in your employment and careers. In addition to my meetings with students at schools, I regularly meet with MGIMO students. They keep those engaging in practical politics on their toes. Policy-making should be approached in such a way as to enable our successors to see prospects and understand that the course mapped by their predecessors meets their interests.


20.05.2022 - Embassy comment on recent accusations against Russia of creating a threat of a global food crisis

Recent accusations against Russia of creating a threat of a global food crisis by not letting cargo ships with grain out of Odessa and other Ukrainian ports have nothing to do with reality. The situation in the Black Sea is at the centre of attention of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), headquartered here in London.



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