Russian aggression against Ukraine: No Donbas ceasefire promises given to Germany as Russia "not party to conflict" - Kremlin

14:49 Sep. 15, 2016

No Donbas ceasefire promises given to Germany as Russia "not party to conflict" - Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin's Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov during the annual press conference on December 17, 2015 in Moscow, Russia (Getty Images)

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The Kremlin has stated it did not promise Germany ensuring the ceasefire in Donbas as Russia "is not a party to the conflict", and it is "the armed forces of Donbas" that oppose Ukraine, Russia's presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

"There is a ceasefire, which is violated... In this wording, Moscow could not promise it, because Moscow is not a party to the conflict. Moscow cannot declare a ceasefire," Peskov said, answering the question, whether Russian officials had promised Germany the establishment of ceasefire in the east of Ukraine.

"On the one hand, the Armed Forces of Ukraine are on the demarcation line, and on the other hand, there are 'the armed forces of Donbas', i.e. 'militants'," Peskov said.

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Answering the question, whether the Kremlin wishes to comment on the visit of the foreign ministers of France and Germany to Ukraine, Peskov said: "This is not our concern.These are the contacts within the framework of bilateral relations. There's no reason to comment."

"If these visits contribute to the implementation of Ukraine's obligations under the Minsk agreements, it is to be welcomed," he added.

Reported by UNIAN

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