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 Russia refuses to return border control to Ukraine – Klimkin

Foreign Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin confirmed that the talks in Berlin failed to make progress on exchange of hostages and returning the control under its section of the Russian-Ukrainian border to Ukraine.

He said after the Berlin meeting of foreign ministers of the Normandy Four, Censor.NET reports citing Ukrinform.

"We need to give real political impulse to the process," he stressed. "You cannot talk about any interaction in terms of electoral commissions and the whole organization of free and fair elections, when we have hostages in Donbas. You cannot even talk about security when we have no real withdrawal of arms, mercenaries and eventually regular Russian troops," the Minister said. He is convinced that "all these issues must be addressed as a single complex."

Russian side did not support the initiative to establish a working group on the border issue.

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"The Russian side and Donetsk and Luhansk supported by Russia reject the idea," Foreign Minister of Ukraine stated.

Meanwhile, it is one of the key issues to efficiently conduct free and fair elections "until there is no assurance that the security situation is changing for better in terms of removing all the weapons which were brought to Donbas, we cannot talk about free and fair elections," Klimkin summed up.
 
 
 
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