"Regarding the Minsk format and its effectiveness: it is low, of course, and, in my opinion, this is primarily due to the unconstructive position of today's Kyiv authorities," Putin said at a press conference in Moscow Thursday.

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He added that this law had not yet been put into effect under various pretexts.