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OSCE Chairman Miroslav Lajčák met with Sergey Lavrov

Verantwortlicher Autor: Carlo Marino Rome, 20.02.2019, 10:01 Uhr
Presse-Ressort von: Dr. Carlo Marino Bericht 3637x gelesen

Rome [ENA] On an official visit as OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, on 19th February, Minister for Foreign and European Affairs of Slovakia, Miroslav Lajčák met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to discuss various issues on the OSCE agenda. Minister Lajčák briefed his Russian counterpart on the priorities of the 2019 Slovak OSCE Chairmanship, the workplans in all three dimensions (politico-military, economic and

environmental, and human) of comprehensive security, as well as his activities in the first two months, including his visits to Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia. On the crisis in and around Ukraine, Minister Lajčák recommended concrete and practical measures he and his team identified to alleviate the humanitarian costs of the crisis for the people most affected by it. The two Ministers also discussed the incident in the Azov Sea at the end of 2018, the imminent presidential elections set for the spring in Ukraine and the nomination of short-term election observers from the Russian Federation.

The implications of the approaching election for Ukraine’s future, including the conflict in the Donbas cannot be ignored. It’s important to recollect that the so called War in Donbass is an armed conflict in the Donbass region of Ukraine. Its cause dates back to March 2014, when protests by pro-Russian and anti-government groups took place in the Donetsk and Luhansk provinces of Ukraine, generally identified as the "Donbass", in the aftermath of the 2014 Ukrainian revolution and the Euromaidan movement. These demonstrations, followed by the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation (February to March 2014), and which were part of a wider group of concurrent pro-Russian protests across southern and eastern Ukraine, spiraled into an

armed conflict between the separatist forces of the self-declared Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics (DPR and LPR respectively), and the Ukrainian government. In the Donetsk People's Republic, from May 2014 until a change of the top leadership in August 2014, some of the top leaders were Russian citizens.According to the Ukrainian government, at the height of the conflict in mid-2014, Russian paramilitaries were reported to make up between 15% to 80% of the combatants. Between 22 and 25 August 2014, Russian artillery, personnel, and what Russia called a "humanitarian convoy" crossed the border into Ukrainian territory without the permission of the Ukrainian government.

At the moment United States persist to support Ukraine in the face of Russian aggression calling, among other things, for the withdrawal of all foreign troops.Moscow, of course, makes the objection that Ukraine is the one failing to implement Minsk II, which offers a detailed roadmap for resolving the conflict, particularly those aspects of it that call for moving towards elections in separatist-held areas. In the meantime, however, violence in Eastern Ukraine has more or less cooled down but the line of contact remains tense, with occasional gunfire. On Moldova, the Ministers both welcomed the momentum reached in the Transdniestrian Settlement Process.

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