Donbas to "never" see ceasefire until "political settlement" reached: Lavrov

23:10, 31 May 2016
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that there would never be a ceasefire in Donbas until the "political settlement," adding that control over the entire territory of Donbas by international forces is not provided for by the Minsk agreements, according to an UNIAN correspondent in Russia.

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"It's very simple -- once again, there are talks about what came first – chicken or the egg. Suddenly, the security issue has now become the most important one for President Poroshenko. And it’s not just about a ceasefire, but ensuring security throughout the territory of Donbas with some kind of international forces," Lavrov said during a Q&A with the readers of the Komsomolskaya Pravda.

"This is not stipulated in the Minsk agreements. Donbas will never accept it. According to the Minsk agreements, it is necessary to coordinate with Donbas every steps on [crisis] settlement, without exception," he said.

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"One can hide as long as they wish behind the fact that security is not ensured. Ukrainians say that political reforms will begin only when the security is 100% ensured in a few weeks or months. This will never happen; it's impossible, this does not happen in any conflict, until the political aspects of the crisis resolved," he stressed.

Lavrov said that he is talking about the law on the special status for Donbas, which should be provided for in the Constitution of Ukraine, and also about the amnesty for the pro-Russian militants.

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