Minsk Agreements: Problems of Implementation
// Russia and New States of Eurasia. 2017. No 4. P. 11-23
The Minsk agreements were a compromise aimed at stopping the hostilities in Donbass, but their implementation was questioned from the very start. Serious differences remain regarding the succession of implementation of the Minsk agreements, and on interpretation of who is the real party to the conflict. In Kiev's interpretation, implementation of the political part of Minsk agreements will be possible only after the establishment of the Ukrainian military and political control over the total territory of Donbass while refusing to recognize Donbass republics as a party to the conflict. Obviously, these approaches are difficult to reconcile with the letter and spirit of the Minsk agreements. Western countries meanwhile assign the responsibility for the development of the crisis on Russia. And Ukraini-an failure to comply with it’s own commitments, paradoxically, leads to growing threats to increase sanctions pressure on Moscow.
Germany and France have demonstrated their inability to influence behav-ior of official Kiev regarding fulfillment of its obligations in the framework of Minsk agreements – which devalues the importance of the Normandy format talks on Donbass settlement. Further talks on prospects of peace settlement as well as on creation of a peacemaking mission in Donbass, most likely, will take place be-tween the United States and Russia.
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Ukrainian crisis, Minsk agreements, Russian-American relations, for-eign policy, geopolitics
Solov’ev E. Minsk Agreements: Problems of Implementation. Russia and New States of Eurasia, 2017, No 4, pp. 11-23