The foreign ministries of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine have agreed to monitor compliance by the Contact Group of the February 12 Minsk agreements, and send "political impulses" to avoid any protraction.
"The foreign ministries, through our deputies and department directors, will continue tracking the process, will watch how the Contact Group is implementing what was agreed upon on February 12, and send appropriate political impulses, if need be, to prevent the process from stalling in one of these directions," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters in Paris on Tuesday after meeting his French, German and Ukrainian counterparts.
"A very important thing: we reaffirmed the need for the Contact Group to deal as quickly as possible with practical consideration of other issues (apart from weaponry removal) mentioned in the February 12 Minsk documents. These include first and foremost the political process, preparations for elections, the constitutional reform, but as a special priority we stressed the need to launch a dialogue on restoration of social, economic ties, banking services for the population in the territories currently controlled by the militias," Lavrov said.
"But in general, all this is very bad: the attempts to justify defeat and attempts to blame it on Russia," he said in an interview with the Rossiya 1 channel.
"Since the end of the Cold War, there is no longer a real obstacle to the UN Security Council becoming an efficient platform for rallying collective international will, but the path towards this goal turned out to be much more complicated and winding than it appeared to us a quarter of a century ago," said Lavrov in his speech.
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