Minsk agreements extremely weak — Lithuania’s president

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2015/02/12 • News

The President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite finds the agreements reached in Minsk on February 12 during the meeting of the leaders of the “Normandy Four” extremely weak.

“The core solution to the conflict (in the Donbas) is establishing control over the border. An agreement (on the border) was not reached, and this issue has not been resolved,” she said in Brussels before the beginning of the EU summit, reports European Pravda, February 12.

“This means that the border is open for the passage of all kinds of troops and all kinds of weapons,” she said.

Additionally, Grybauskaite is not convinced that the ceasefire will be respected.

“Five months ago we already had a ceasefire agreement that has not been implemented. Let’s see what happens with this one,” she said.

“We’ll see in the coming days if at least partial agreements will be implemented,” she said.

She also noted that the EU would not discuss changing the sanctions regime against Russia before March.

“Let’s look at the implementation of the agreement. Any discussion on sanctions is impossible before March,” she said.

Earlier,  the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini announced that the EU is unlikely to impose additional sanctions against Russia. It is more likely that the EU will “discuss all the possible ways to ensure that the ceasefire holds.”

On Wednesday evening, February 11,  in Minsk, the presidents of Ukraine, Russia, France and the chancellor of Germany held talks to resolve the crisis in Ukraine.  Work on the document designed to reduce tensions in eastern Ukraine lasted almost 16 hours. Following the talks, it was reported that a comprehensive ceasefire would begin at midnight, February 15, and that the withdrawal of heavy weapons from the frontline would begin no later than the second day after the beginning of the ceasefire and be completed within 14 days.

Translated by: Anna Mostovych
Source: Pravda
Source: Liga.net

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  • Charles J. Kollman

    The Ukraine has been screwed by Europe.

    • Michel Cloarec

      Ukraine and Europe has been “screwed ” by Putin , and that is only the beginning !

      • Luc D.

        It rather seems to me that Ukraine is destroying itself…

      • Charles J. Kollman

        Europe meaning France and Germany. Well after the record of Germany and it’s actions before WW11 and during it, they are lucky that they still have a Country. The french are wastes with no balls. If you look close at Europe with it’s Union one currency and NATO. for a military what is the difference between it and the Soviet Union. The people in it have given up much liberty and The Union dictates to each Country how things are to be run. Most of the power of this Union comes from Germany. Is this Union just a cover for the fourth Reich. Germans love to wear uniforms parade around and start wars.

  • StumpedNoMore2

    This deal favors Putin and it does not resolve Crimea at all. This is a sad day as the EU just sold off Ukraine.

    So the lesson we learned is that if you annexed part of another country, you’ll get a slap on the wrist in sanctions. This set a bad precedent for the future as China will not likely do the same thing as it has been trying to take the whole South China Sea.

  • Olga Dora Garbar

    Estoy totalmente de acuerdo lo expresado por la Presidente de Lituania. Yo no creo que Putina cumpla lo que firmo y la frontera queda totalmente libre.- El diablo pierde el pelo pero,no las garras.-

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  • Luc D.

    Isn’t the Crimea problem solved? There was a referendum and it is now part of Russia. Seems solved to me, no?