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    Russia Stands for Keeping Ukraine’s Current Borders – Kremlin

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    Russia stands for keeping Ukraine in its current territorial borders and insists on the implementation of the Minsk agreements by all parties to the Ukrainian conflict, Kremlin Chief of Staff Sergei Ivanov said in a television interview.

    "The ideal is the Minsk agreements. Russian President [Vladimir Putin] was right to say in February that if Russia was discontent with something at the talks, he would not sign the document. But he signed it. Thus he believes that the Minsk accords are a perfect way to settle the Ukrainian domestic conflict. I’m repeating – domestic," Ivanov said answering a question on where the Ukrainian border should be marked.

    Ivanov also clarified that this means the actual Ukrainian state borders. "Donbass self-defense forces already recognized that," he said.

    There have been numerous calls to Russia to assert influence on Donbass militia forces. However, they have already changed their stance, he added.

    "I believe we had a very significant influence on Donbass militia forces because they took a very important step – they changed their position. Earlier they voted for independence, but now they say – we are ready to remain being part of Ukraine if the Minsk agreements are fully implemented," Ivanov underscored.

    "Kiev, in its turn, did nothing. And now it is time for those who are behind the Ukrainian government to bring pressure on it," he added.

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