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Ukraine has a political and moral right to withdraw from the Minsk agreements on the settlement of the conflict in Donbass if Russia “will show their bad faith”. This was stated by the head of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on foreign Affairs Oleksandr Merezhko in an interview LB.ua.
According to him, Russia has already taken such a step, after the elections in the breakaway Donetsk and Lugansk national republics (DND and LNR).
“In that case, if Ukraine complies with its commitments, and Russia, we have right — and here I draw an analogy with the international Treaty — because of non-compliance and breach of an agreement by the counterparty to withdraw from the process,” said Merezhko.
He added that the anti-Russian sanctions in any case remain in force, since the release of the “Minsk-2” will not be the fault of the Ukrainian side.
In addition, Merezhko believes that the Minsk agreement ended on December 31, 2015, and now we are talking about trying to keep commitments and to fill them with new content. However, he denied rumors about the development of “Minsk-3”. “Such a plan yet. Now we are only focused on the conscientious fulfilment of what is stated in the text of the Minsk agreements, in spite of all the interpretations on some provisions which we reject”, — he stressed.
Earlier the President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky said that takes a year to achieve results in the Donbass and promised to withdraw from Minsk agreement if during this period of the “Norman format” (Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine) will not bring results.
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