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Vladimir Putin: West put responsibility for implementation of the Minsk agreements on Russia

The West cannot impose full responsibility for the implementation of the Minsk agreements on Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin believes. He stated this during a press conference after the completion of negotiations with the head of the Italian government, Giuseppe Conte, the Kremlin website reports.

The Russian leader recalled that the European partners were issuing demands to fulfill the Minsk agreements even in the part that was completely independent of Russia.

According to Putin, it’s time to calmly figure out the responsibilities as they should not be shifted only to one side.

The Russian leader recalled that in order to fulfill the Minsk agreements, it was necessary to restore economic ties between Ukraine and the Donbas, which meant that the decree of the former Ukrainian president on the blockade of Donbass was to be canceled. In the West, they should ask the Ukrainian authorities when they will do this, because Vladimir Putin himself cannot issue such an order.

The President of the Russian Federation also believes that the words of the current Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky do not correspond to his election promises. Earlier, Zelensky claimed that he was ready to begin resolving the conflict in the Donbas, but later rejected his words, declaring that he did not want to enter into dialogue with the “separatists”.

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