"There is a common understanding that there is no alternative to the implementation of the Minsk agreements. This is the first point. There also exists an understanding that a failure in the [agreement's] implementation is absolutely unacceptable because the Minsk agreements cannot remain on paper, this is not possible. Therefore, there is a common understanding — a pledge that the work will continue," Peskov told reporters.
In February 2015, Kiev forces and eastern Ukraine's pro-independence militia signed a peace agreement 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, as well as constitutional reforms which would give a special status to the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republics.