Sergey Labrutto: Maxim Shemetov / Reuters
Norman format of negotiations to resolve the conflict in the Donbass after the murder of the head of DNR Alexander Zakharchenko to collect blasphemous. This was stated by foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Lavrov, reports RIA Novosti.
The “Normandy format — we do not refuse him, but now it would be simply inappropriate and blasphemous this Normandy format to collect, especially when neither Berlin nor Paris has not expressed his condemnation of the assassination, which took place in Donetsk. In more General terms, the conditions, when neither Berlin nor Paris can not influence the President Poroshenko, who continues to neglect his duties is not the first year. The only one who can affect the Ukrainian side is the United States,” — said the Minister.
Lavrov added that in the current situation, Moscow will act according to the principle “10 years of negotiations are better than one day of war” and refrain from harsh reactions, continuing to insist on the implementation of the Minsk agreements.
Earlier on 4 September, the European Union reacted to the death of Zakharchenko, stating that “I expect all parties to respect their commitments, and stressed Russia’s responsibility in this matter.”
On 3 September, the press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov said that after “the incident a terrorist act, it must be hard on something to talk with the Ukrainian side”. However, he noted, this does not mean that Russia is out of the Minsk process.
The self-proclaimed head of the Donetsk national Republic Alexander Zakharchenko was killed on the evening of 31 August as a result of explosion in cafe “Separable” in the center of Donetsk, where he arrived to honor the memory of deceased Russian singer Joseph Kobzon. Suspects in terrorist attack arrested, they admitted that it was a diversion of Kiev.
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