Nuland at a meeting with members of Parliament insisted on the special status of Donbass

US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland expressed support for the unconditional implementation of the agreements Kiev Minsk at a meeting with representatives of the parliamentary factions of the Verkhovna Rada, which include, inter alia, the provision of special administrative status of the Donbas. This was announced after a meeting in the Ukrainian capital, the representative of the party “Self-help” Victoria Voytsitskaya.

“The State Department has insisted that Ukraine should make changes to the constitution, with the” special status “for the occupied territories of Donetsk and Lugansk regions, spend the elections in the near future and provide amnesty - quoted her site party -. Minsk agreements need to implement to the end of 2016, they have no alternative. Although the “Minsk-2″ and the bad (option), but the Ukraine as a state has agreed to it. ”

Voytsitskaya Nuland also leads the opinion that, if Ukraine will demonstrate good will and adopt a law on the election in May, the elections themselves can take place in July, and sanctions against Russia will be extended until January 2017.

At the same time representative of the “Self-Help” emphasizes that the lifting of sanctions, according to Nuland, due to amendments to the constitution and the elections in the Donbass, but not with the Crimea.

Holding elections in the Donbass is one of the key points of a political settlement in the east of Ukraine. According to the Minsk agreement, they were to be held back in 2015, along with the conduct of constitutional reform in Ukraine with the purpose of separate regions of Donetsk and Lugansk regions special status on a regular basis. However, due to the unwillingness of Kiev to carry out its commitments, in particular to carry out an amnesty for those involved in the Donbass, to enact legislation on the special status and to develop a law on elections, the timing repeatedly postponed. At the end of last year, leaders of the “Normandy format” established new framework - the first half of 2016. Nevertheless, Ukraine is still refusing to discuss the preparations for the elections, citing the low level of security in the region and demanding transfer of land borders with Russia, although this should only happen after the election.

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