Kiev Stalls Minsk Deal Implementation - Kremlin

© REUTERS / Thomas PeterUkraine's President Petro Poroshenko (File)
Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko (File) - Sputnik International
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Kiev is stalling implementation of the Minsk agreements, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday.

A view of the sculpture Ukraine on Troitskaya Square, Kiev. - Sputnik International
Russia Sees Little Reason for Optimism in Minsk Deal Implementation
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – In February 2015, a peace agreement was signed between Ukraine’s conflicting sides in the Belarusian capital of Minsk, after talks of the Normandy Four countries, comprising Russia, Germany, Ukraine and France. The deal stipulates a full ceasefire, weapons withdrawal from the line of contact in eastern Ukraine, an all-for-all prisoner exchange and constitutional reforms, which would give a special status to the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics.

Both sides of the conflict, however, are constantly accusing each other of violations of the ceasefire.

"At the moment no other basis for settling the intra-Ukrainian crisis exists. Russia and other members of the Minsk ‘four’ hold the view there is no alternative line for the implementation of the Minsk agreements… The Ukrainian side, indeed, continues stalling implementation of these agreements," Peskov told reporters.

Ukraine launched a military operation in the country's southeast in April 2014, after local residents refused to recognize the coup in Kiev that toppled ex-President Viktor Yanukovich.

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