Russia is trying to avoid the implementation of the Minsk Protocol and the memorandum on its provisions.
This was stated during a meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council by Permanent Representative of Ukraine to International Organizations in Vienna Yevhen Tsymbalyuk, Ukrinform writes.
According to him, Russia is trying to convince the Permanent Council of a special legal nature of the package of measures and give it some advantage over the Minsk Protocol and Memorandum.
“However, the political approval of the measures by the UN Security Council does not release Russia from its obligations under the other two agreements” – Tsymbalyuk said.
The diplomat explained why the Russian delegation was so tense when other countries’ delegates demanded that the Minsk Protocol and Memorandum be implemented.
“For example, Paragraph 4 of the Minsk Memorandum provides for the withdrawal of multiple rocket launcher systems such as the Tornado. In fact, the Tornado is a new system used exclusively by the Russian armed forces. This is a vivid example proving Russia’s participation in the conflict, certified by a Russian signatory” – Tsymbalyuk said.
He also recalled that Paragraph 10 of the Minsk Protocol provides for the withdrawal of illegal armed groups and military hardware from the territory of Ukraine. In addition, he pointed out that Paragraph 4 of the Minsk Protocol provides for constant monitoring and verification of the Ukrainian-Russian state border, next to the creation of a security zone in the border regions of Ukraine and the Russian Federation.
Earlier, Ukraine called on OSCE to remote monitoring of situation in occupied Crimea.