“No, this is absolutely not true,” Peskov said, responding to Ukrainian media reports about Moscow’s alleged proposal to unite the two breakaway regions into one autonomy, with a leader agreed upon by the so-called Normandy quartet.
“Any such suggestion would be a deviation from the Minsk agreements,” Peskov stated, adding that this would be “unacceptable and counterproductive."
Kiev launched a military operation in Donbass in mid-April, 2014, after local residents refused to recognize the authorities that came to power after the February overthrow of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.
The Minsk agreements is a set of measures elaborated by the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany in mid-February to facilitate the process of Ukrainian reconciliation.
The 13-point deal stipulates a ceasefire, the withdrawal of heavy weaponry from the contact line in Ukraine’s southeast, an all-for-all prisoner swap and amendments to Ukrainian constitution to decentralize powers.