: Putin: absurd to expect Russia to implement Minsk agreements

19:46 Jun. 24, 2016

Putin: absurd to expect Russia to implement Minsk agreements

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to the media on the results of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Friday, June 24, 2016 (AP photo)

Russia's president says Kyiv is the only one responsible for peace settlement of the conflict

Vladimir Putin said it would be absurd to expect Russia to implement Minsk peace deal.

Speaking to journalists on Friday, Putin said the key issues of peace settlement include changes of the Ukrainian constitution, granting special status to Donbas, and amnesty of all the militants. However, the Russian leader said nothing about the full ceasefire, and the withdrawal of Russian troops and weapons from eastern Ukraine.

"Key issues of the implementation of the Minsk agreements are now in the hands of our Kyiv partners, the Kyiv authorities," Putin was quoted as saying by the Russian TASS news agency.

 "We can do nothing without them. We cannot amend the Ukrainian constitution, we cannot enforce the law on special forms of government in certain territories. We cannot sign the law on amnesty for the Ukrainian president," he stated.

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Putin added that Russia has been working and ready to work in future with its "Ukrainian partners, and partners in the EU."

On June 24 Ukraine's Foreign Ministry has once again called on Russia to stop fueling Donbas conflict with weapons and manpower.









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