Press release on the adoption by the UN Security Council of its President’s statement on the situation in southeastern Ukraine

Wednesday, 06 June 2018 23:48

We welcome the June 6 adoption of the statement on the situation in the southeast of Ukraine made by the President of the UN Security Council. It is symbolic that this happened now that Russia holds the rotating presidency of the UN Security Council.   

We believe it is important that the Security Council pointed to the need to strictly comply with the Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements, which were approved by Security Council Resolution 2202 more than three years ago, as well as measures that were coordinated in the Normandy format and with the Minsk Contact Group. We believe that the Security Council’s resolution will send an important international signal to Kiev to make it fulfill its obligations.    

There is still no alternative to the Minsk Package of Measures as a platform for resolving the crisis in Ukraine. An effective resolution to the crisis can only be achieved through a peaceful political and diplomatic process with direct dialogue between Kiev and Donetsk and Lugansk.

In the context of the recent aggravation of the situation in the east of Ukraine, the UN Security Council’s call to separate the forces and withdraw heavy weapons comes at the right time and is much needed. The same goes for the emphasis made in the statement on the difficult humanitarian situation in Donbass, given the social and economic blockade imposed by Kiev. Aid supplies to ordinary people who are going through a most difficult situation now mainly come from Russia. 

We share the words of support for the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine.

We are also satisfied that the Security Council reaffirmed that Resolution 2166, which sets forth clear criteria for the investigation into the Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash, remains in force.  

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