Russia ready to discuss peacekeepers in Donbas, but with participation of militants - Lavrov

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Russia is ready to listen to Kyiv’s proposal on peacekeepers in the Donbas in the "Normandy format", but says discussing it without the participation of the “DPR” and “LPR’ militants’ representatives is meaningless.

This was stated by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Censor.NET reports citing Rosbalt.

"I heard the statement of the president of Ukraine, of my colleague - Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, that there is an agreement that "Normandy Four" will consider the modality, terms, and composition of the peacekeeping operation. We, being polite people, are certainly willing to listen to the proposals of our Ukrainian colleagues when we once again get together at a particular level in the "Normandy format". But discussing any new ideas not mentioned in Minsk without the participation of the Luhansk and Donetsk, in my opinion, is meaningless," Lavrov said at a press-conference in Moscow.

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He also said that Russia did not abandon the discussion of a possible meeting of the "Normandy Four" foreign ministers in Ukraine. "Leaders of the "Normandy Quartet" did agree to establish the mechanism of control over the execution of the Minsk agreements at the level of the foreign ministries," he said. "Two meetings at the level of deputy ministers have already taken place. We're not abandoning the discuss of a meeting at the level of ministers."

Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/n331555