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    Moscow Counts on New Kiev Gov’t to Work Actively on Implementing Minsk Deal

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    Moscow is counting on the new Ukrainian government to conduct active work on implementing Minsk agreements on reconciliation, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier this month, the Ukrainian Parliament accepted Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk’s resignation and appointed Parliament Speaker Volodomyr Groysman to the position.

    "The key to implementation of these agreements is establishing direct dialogue between Kiev and Donbas, consolidate the special status of this region, introduce corresponding clarifications to the Ukrainian constitution and agree on modalities of local elections. We are counting on the new Ukainian government to deal with these issues more actively than the past," Lavrov told a joint press conference with his French counterpart Jean Marc Ayrault.

    Ayrualt, in turn, said he believed that Kiev had to implement Minsk agreements, including on issues such as holding elections in the conflict-torn Donbas region and decentralization of power.


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