January 11, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko came to Ternopol region in western Ukraine with a working visit.
“All items of the Minsk agreements must be fulfilled. As Russia disrupted the fulfillment of its obligations, we demand setting clear deadline for the Minsk agreements in 2016,” the President said in the course of his visit to Ternopil region. The negotiations in the Normandy format would be focused on that issue, as stated by Petro Poroshenko, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to the AP press service.
Once again, Ukrainian President emphasized that there is no alternative to the Minsk process. “These are clear obligations that provide for the political settlement of the conflict, restoration of control over the uncontrolled area of the Ukrainian-Russian border, withdrawal of all occupation troops and illegal armed groups from the territory of Ukraine and restoration of Ukrainian sovereignty over the occupied territories of Ukraine,” Petro Poroshenko reminded.
The President also added that a reliable partner and ally of Ukraine – Germany took over the OSCE Chairmanship on January 1, 2016. In this context, Ukraine expects to expand the mandate and the number of the OSCE observers.