Steinmeier: militants' possible attack on Mariupol would be explicit violation of Minsk accords

19:52, 22 February 2015
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Germany's foreign minister stresses that Moscow's task is to continue pressing pro-Russian militants in eastern Ukraine for reduction of their military activity.

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Attacks by militants on the city of Mariupol would be an explicit violation of the Minsk agreements, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said, Ukrainian online newspaper Ukrainska Pravda reported with reference to Germany's Bild.

"An attack on Mariupol would be an explicit violation of the Minsk agreements, it would defy the principles of the truce," he said.

At the same time, Steinmeier claims there are signs that indicate the easing of the tension in Donbas.

"There are early signs that can be called easing. The parties have finally exchanged prisoners, expressed the will to start the withdrawal of heavy weapons, not everywhere, but at key points of the front line – these all are part of the Minsk agreements," Steinmeier said.

"It's important now that the separatists reduce their military activity. Moscow's task is to continue pressing them for this," he added.

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