MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, after talks with his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian in Moscow, said Tuesday that, according to the position of both sides, there is no alternative to the Minsk agreements on Ukraine.
"Our common position is the need for full implementation of the Minsk Package of Measures, we believe that there is no alternative to this document, this compromise," Lavrov said.
In February 2015, Kiev forces and Donbass independence supporters signed a peace agreement in the Belarusian capital of Minsk. The deal stipulates a full ceasefire, weapons withdrawal from the line of contact in Donbass, as well as constitutional reforms that would give a special status to the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics. Despite the agreement brokered by the Normandy Four states (Russia, France, Germany and Ukraine), the ceasefire regime is regularly violated, with both sides accusing each other of multiple breaches, undermining the terms of the accord.