MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Speaking at the VI Moscow Conference on International Security, he noted that the Donbas conflict's settlement "is possible only by political means."
"However, European countries are providing military assistance to the Kiev regime, thereby provoking it to continue the war," Gerasimov 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.