Progress in achieving peace in the Donbas is predominantly dependent on Russia, said the Minister of foreign Affairs of great Britain, Boris Johnson, reports Reuters.
“It is obvious that the progress in respect of the security [in the Donbass] depends mainly on the Russian. However, I think that all parties should participate in this conversation to progress,” said Johnson at a press conference during his first visit to Kiev.
The head of the foreign office also noted that for the West it is essential to maintain sanctions against Russia.
In late August, during negotiations in Minsk the contact group on settling the situation in Donbas could reach an agreement on the ceasefire in the region on 1 September. The group also stated the need for the introduction of indefinite ceasefire.
Despite this, the Ukrainian authorities and representatives of the breakaway republics accuse each other of violating the ceasefire. Earlier in the evening this was stated by President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko. According to him, the region continued shelling, “there are dead and wounded Ukrainian military”.