According to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, the talks with his Gabonese counterpart E. Issoze-Ngondet were very useful, fruitful, and meaningful. After all, Gabon is a promising partner of Russia in Africa. But Lavrov could not resist and started talking about the Donbas again and said that President Petro Poroshenko had violated the Minsk Agreement, Joinfo.ua reports quoting the Russian Foreign Minister.
"I have to comment on the situation. It seems to me that on February 12 in Minsk there were clearly defined the steps to be undertaken. The document titled "The package of measures to implement the Minsk Agreement" was signed by all members of the Contact Group, including the plenipotentiaries of Kyiv, Luhansk, Donetsk and the representatives of Russia and the OSCE assisting them in this process. The document reads the following: immediately after the withdrawal of heavy weapons there should start a dialogue on the modalities of the local municipal elections in the corresponding areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. There should be a dialogue on how to conduct these elections (although they will be conducted on the basis of the Law of Ukraine), but in accordance with the Minsk agreements, the modalities must be agreed with Donetsk and Luhansk. No one even tried to do this.
Instead, on the proposal of President Petro Poroshenko (and I was particularly confused because President supported the Minsk package of February 12), the Verkhovna Rada adopted the decisions which, in effect, rewrite the agreement, and to put it simply – grossly violate them, justifying the introduction of the law on the special status by the need to release the territories they called as occupied, and replacing almost all officials of these territories elected by the population with someone else. From the decision of the Verkhovna Rada it follows that the law on the special status will come into effect only when these territories are headed by those who are acceptable to Kyiv. This is an attempt to put everything that was agreed upon upside down. The compromise allowing to build trust lies in the fact that there should be introduced a special status in the territories, where people voted for their leaders. The Ukrainian side was forced not to officially recognize the election results, but to respect these processes and accomplish what was agreed upon – it is the minimum the Ukrainian government should do. I repeat, this law did not need any additional terms and conditions. It was necessary only to identify settlements and specific areas," Lavrov told his colleague from Gabon.