Lavrov: Direct dialogue between conflict sides is essential for peace in Donbass

28.04.2020, Moscow.

A direct dialogue between the sides of the Ukrainian internal conflict in Donbass is necessary, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov said on April 27 in a phone conversation with OSCE Secretary General Thomas Greminger, the Foreign Ministry press center reports at its official website.

According to the press center, Sergey Lavrov and Thomas Greminger in their conversation discussed the results of the fulfillment of the agreements reached at the Normandy Four summit on December 9, 2019, in Paris.

The sides exchanged their judgments of the outcome of the session of the Contact Group on conflict resolution in Eastern Ukraine that took place on April 20-22 and specific steps for the comprehensive implementation of the Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk agreements.

During the conversation, Sergey Lavrov reiterated that a direct dialogue between the conflict sides, the Donetsk and the Lugansk People’s Republics on the one side and Ukraine on the other side, is necessary to reach any progress in the fulfillment of the Minsk agreements on Donbass.

The Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk agreements, or the Minsk Protocol, was approved on February 11-12, 2015, by the leaders of Germany, France, Ukraine, and Russia (the Normandy Four) and signed by the Contact Group on conflict resolution in Eastern Ukraine comprising the representatives of Ukraine, Russia, OSCE, and the Donetsk and the Lugansk People’s Republics.

It was approved by a special resolution of the UN Security Council.

It contains a clear and unambiguous procedure for the sides of the internal Ukrainian conflict to stop the hostilities.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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