U.S. diplomat urges Russia to honor international commitments – world
WASHINGTON, May 5 / TASS /. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken called on Tuesday to force Moscow to honor its international commitments.
“We must work together to denounce Russia’s behavior, hold Russia accountable for its actions and pressure Moscow to honor its international commitments and obligations,” Blinken wrote in a message on Twitter.
US State Department spokesman Ned Price retweeted the message with the following message: “Russia must honor its commitments under the Minsk accords and work in good faith to end the conflict in the east. Ukraine. It must also end its illegal occupation of Crimea. “
Russia has repeatedly expressed its commitment to the 2015 Minsk accords, claiming that they remain the only option available for a peaceful settlement of the internal conflict in Ukraine. In addition, Moscow has repeatedly stressed that it is not a party to the Donbass conflict and is in favor of the full and unconditional implementation of the Minsk Agreement, which it signed as mediator in the peace process.
Efforts to find a peaceful solution to the conflict in the Donbass are based on the Minsk Accords, which include in particular measures to declare a ceasefire, withdraw weapons, declare amnesty, restore economic ties and to carry out constitutional reform in Ukraine through dialogue with the self-proclaimed Donetsk and the Lugansk People’s Republics (DPR, LPR), aimed at decentralizing power and granting special status to certain districts of the Donetsk and Donetsk regions. Lugansk. However, the negotiation process is in fact blocked due to Kiev’s refusal to abide by the political provisions of the Minsk accords.
None of the political provisions were respected, including constitutional reform and the adoption of laws on special status and local elections in Donbass. Instead, Kiev demands that the DPR and LPR cede control over parts of the Russian-Ukrainian border, ignoring the fact that, according to the Minsk accords, this should only happen after local elections. In addition, Kiev is reluctant to establish a direct dialogue with the DPR and LPR. The Ukrainian side has also refused to apply the amnesty provision and continues its economic blockade of Donbass.
After the coup in Ukraine in February 2014, Crimea and Sevastopol held a referendum in which 96.7% of Crimeans and 95.6% of Sevastopol voters chose to secede from Ukraine and join Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the reunification agreement on March 18, 2014, which the Federation Council (upper house of the Russian parliament) ratified on March 21, 2014. Despite the convincing results of the referendum, Kiev refused to recognize the Crimea as part of Russia.