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"Required" laws in exchange for safety: Kremlin starts talking on new Donbas "road map"

Russia proposes to develop a "road map" to "move from the dead point" the implementation of the Minsk agreements – each step in strengthening security regime has to be accompanied by the promotion of political reforms to legalize the Russian militants in Donbas, according to a UNIAN correspondent in Russia.

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"We are convinced of the need to move the implementation of the Minsk agreements from the dead point. To do this, both Kyiv and the proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics should pass their parts of the way and to fulfill the obligations taken 1,5 years ago," Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at a joint press conference with Foreign Minister of Luxembourg Jean Asselborn in Moscow.

Lavrov: Russia not interested in severing diplomatic relations with UkraineHe said that Russia was seeking from the Ukrainian colleagues the implementation of the constitutional reform in order to permanently fix the special status of Donbas, granting amnesty and organizing local elections in "the territories of the "DPR" and "LPR".

According to Lavrov, these issues should be solved through direct dialogue with Donetsk and Luhansk in the framework of the Contact Group, of which Kyiv has recently "tried to pull away."

"We are deeply convinced that Kyiv's line to first provide a ceasefire for a month and only then begin to discuss the political aspects of the Minsk agreements aims to delay the process indefinitely," Lavrov said.

"We propose to develop a parallel "road map," under which each step in strengthening security regime would be accompanied by the promotion of political reforms, primarily in the form of those bills that Kyiv had pledged to adopt," he added.

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