Foreign ministers to facilitate implementation of Minsk accords, says Sergei Lavrov

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 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.

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