Leonid Slutsky, the head of the State Duma committee on CIS affairs, Eurasian integration and liaison with Russians abroad, believes the decision made by the U.S. president to refrain from supplying weapons to Ukraine gives hope that the conflict in eastern Ukraine can be resolved in accordance with the Minsk agreements reached by the 'Normandy Four'.
"The decision made by U.S. President Barack Obama to refrain from supplying U.S. lethal weapons to Ukraine, which was made after a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, increases the chances for the implementation of the Minsk agreements," Slutsky told reporters on Tuesday.
Slutsky said there is "fragile hope" that the ceasefire will not be artificially disrupted under the influence of external factors and the de-escalation of the conflict will continue.
Slutsky said he sees the decision made by the U.S. president as "the only instance of common sense" in the U.S. policies on the Ukrainian crisis.
"However, the 'party of war' in Kiev still insists on Western military assistance and continues asking for modern weapons," Slutsky said.
He believes the Kiev authorities fear peace more than war because "they can use war to justify all their crimes."
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Washington and Kiev are discussing details of non-lethal weapons deliveries from the United States to Ukraine, First Deputy Speaker of the Ukrainian Parliament Andriy Parubiy told the Channel 5 television station on March 5.
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