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 "Kyiv ready for dialogue with Donbas but only with its legitimately elected authorities," – MP Iryna Herashchenko

The Ukrainian authorities are ready for dialogue with the Donbas, but with the officials legitimately elected under Ukrainian laws while the elections should be held according to OSCE standards.

Verkhovna Rada Deputy Speaker Iryna Herashchenko wrote on Facebook, Censor.NET reports.

"First: the Minsk agreements are not perfect, but they are recognized by the world as a roadmap for a peaceful settlement of the conflict.

"Second: the sanctions against Russia are clearly bind only to the Minsk agreements.

"Third: the sanctions have a great negative impact on Moscow and the Russian economy. The Russian Federation is seeking the sanctions lifting and turning itself inside out in its pursuit. ...

"Fourth: the Minsk agreements require that the Russian Federation fulfill the humanitarian and security components, which in the diplomatic language actually means that Russia is not at all a mediator but the participant and instigator of the conflict. There are no such notions as the "DPR" and "LPR" in the Minsk agreements. These regions are referred to as certain areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions hence no direct negotiations with terrorists are possible.

"Kyiv is ready for dialogue with the Donbas, but only with its legitimately elected authorities, which shall be elected according to the Ukrainian legislation, while the elections should be held in accordance with OSCE standards.

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"Fifth: we are willing to compromise in the issue of the release of hostages and are discussing this issue with everyone. But the key to the hostages' prison is being kept in the Kremlin... And that is why the world should put pressure on the Kremlin to demand the release of all hostages held both in the Russian prisons and in the occupied territories.

"Sixth: the Minsk agreements are observed neither by the Russian Federation nor by militants - they are violated daily. Therefore, these violations should be recorded, and the sanctions (in spite of all the attempts of the Kremlin to lift them by efforts of its European influence peddlers) should be maintained until the full implementation of the Minsk agreements and return of the control over the Ukrainian-Russian border," Herashchenko wrote.

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Earlier, Batkivshchyna faction MP Nadiia Savchenko expressed the need for direct talks with the leaders of the "DPR" and "LPR" militants in circumvention of the Minsk peace process. Many Ukrainian politicians have pulled Savchenko's initiative to pieces.
 
 
 
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