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 Foreign Minister Klimkin denies allegations of pressure by France and Germany over Ukraine to provide special status to Donbas

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin denies alleged pressure by France and Germany upon Ukraine to pass the bill on local elections and special status for the Donbas.

Klimkin said to journalists during the visit to the Donbas region with his counterparts from Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier and France Jean-Marc Ayrault, Censor.NET reports citing Ukrainski Novyny.

"They also understand that we need to follow the path of political track, the path of releasing hostages; nothing will happen without these components - this is what they mean when saying "in parallel." But they do not force us, you can ask them about it, to pass anything; for if we pass it now, this will mean that those put to authority by Russia will be legitimized, and nothing more," Klimkin said.

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He stressed that Ukraine would not allow integration of the Donbas as a Russian colony but aim at returning the Ukrainian Donbas to normal life again.

Earlier, during his visit to Ukraine on Sept. 14, France's Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said it was necessary for the Verkhhovna Rada to pass the bill on local elections and special status for the Donbas. In his turn, German's Frank-Walter Steinmeier stated that the security and political packages of the Minsk accords should go in parallel. In response, their Ukrainian counterpart Pavlo Klimkin noted that status quo in the Donbas was virtually a protectorate of the Russian military and secret services.
 
 
 
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