News from Russia: Kremlin sees no need for direct talks with Ukraine on Donbas - Putin's spokesman

15:55 Aug. 31, 2016

Kremlin sees no need for direct talks with Ukraine on Donbas - Putin's spokesman

Russia's president Vladimir Putin and presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov (Getty Images)

Moscow is not involved in the conflict, Peskov says

The Kremlin is sceptical about holding Russia-Ukraine negotiations on the situation in Donbas, Vladimir Putin's press secretary Dmitry Peskov told journalists, according to an UNIAN correspondent in Russia.

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"It depends on what we will talk about regarding Donbas. It is necessary to understand the subject of negotiations. If we talk about implementation of the Minsk agreements, this implementation should be ensured by Donbas and (official) Kyiv. It is necessary to draw a distinction between the subjects (of the talks) - Moscow is not involved in the conflict", said Peskov.

He believes, in the Minsk deal text "you will hardly find a paragraph which states that Moscow is committed to implementing any provisions."

Peskov is convinced that Moscow is, alongside Germany and France, a "guarantor" for the Minsk agreements.

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Ukraine's former president Leonid Kravchuk earlier proposed Ukraine would start bilateral negotiations with Russia on the Donbas situation settlement.

Kravhcuk thinks that the Minsk agreements can't help solve the issue of Ukraine's territorial integrity.

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