Ukrainian foreign minister: We must keep Russia under pressure

12.06.2018, Kiev.

The Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavel Klimkin called for continued pressure on Russia on June 12 in Twitter, TASS reports.

“We must keep Russia under pressure regarding absolutely all political prisoners,” he said.

This was the first comment made by the Ukrainian foreign minister after the end of the Normandy Four negotiations, which took place for the first time after a long pause since February 2017.

On June 11, a meeting of the Russian, German, French, and Ukrainian foreign ministers took place in Berlin, which was focused on the peaceful resolution of the Donbass conflict.

The negotiators discussed the key issues of the Minsk agreements: the soonest possible ceasefire in Donbass, the separation of the sides to the conflict, the deployment of a UN peacekeeping mission, POW swaps, and the passing of an act on a special status of Donbass.

Editorial comment

The Normandy Four meeting discussed some pivotal issues, which, if they start to be resolved, would initiate a constructive phase in the resolution of the acute conflict.

The Ukrainian foreign minister obviously avoids discussing the shelling of civilians, the escalation of the humanitarian disaster, and the need for a discussion around the status of Donbass. He continues to blame all the troubles on Russia, and he is trying to focus the Ukrainians’ attention on the problem of setting free Ukrainian political prisoners that are allegedly detained in Russian prisons.

This is another demonstration of the Ukrainian authorities’ reluctance to be accountable for their actions and to start a peaceful resolution of the conflict in Donbass.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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