In case the Minsk Agreements fail, Ukraine will proceed to the “next phase, which will not be based on the Minsk Agreements,” according to the “Pyotr Poroshenko Bloc” party parliamentary group leader Yury Lutsenko.
Ukraine will peacefully proceed to another phase which will not be based on the Minsk Agreements that expire on December 31. As long as the possibility to restore the territorial integrity through the Minsk Agreements – we will not let that chance perish. December 31 – the last day of the possibility to achieve peace and territorial integrity of Ukraine through the Minsk Agreements. We will announce the next plan on January 1.
Pyotr Poroshenko has also announced that the contingency plan exists and that he is unwilling to extend the Minsk Agreements through 2016.
“I am actively developing plan “B” without losing hope that we will be able to preserve peace and sovereignty“, Poroshenko said.
“I asked Leonid Kuchma, my representative in the Contact group, to reject the declaration that the Minsk process is possible to continue through 2016. No, everyone must fulfill their commitments in 2015,” he noted.
The representatives of Russia hope that the question of extension of the Minsk Agreements will be further discussed.
“We assume that the most important thing is to preserve that package of measures, that balance, which was secured by the Minsk Agreements of February 12. All the more so, the package was approved by the UN Security Council resolution. I think this question will be further discussed,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has stated earlier.