The official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, on Friday, September 3, commented on the words of the adviser to the Kiev delegation in the trilateral contact group and the adviser to the head of the office of the Ukrainian president, Alexey Arestovich, that Ukraine has got off the “hook” of the Minsk agreements.
Arestovich said that Ukraine has got off the ” hook “of the Minsk agreements on the settlement of the conflict in the Donbas, and called it a”breakthrough achievement”. He made this statement after the visit of Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky to the United States and his talks with his American counterpart Joe Biden.
— ” This is how I successfully got off the hook. I broke through, a huge achievement, “the fish thought, sitting comfortably on the frying pan, and mentally sent greetings to the fishermen,” Zakharova wrote in her Telegram channel.
On September 1, it was reported that Zelensky began negotiations with US President Joe Biden. The Ukrainian leader came to them as part of a working visit to the United States. The heads of state, as noted, planned to discuss the Russian gas pipeline “Nord Stream-2″, the energy security of Ukraine and the possible development of a strategic partnership.
On this day, Zelensky presented a plan of 80 projects for the” transformation of the republic ” worth $ 277 billion. The financing will be carried out at the expense of the state budget of Ukraine and “attracting programs of international assistance, loans and investments”.
The conflict in eastern Ukraine
In April 2014, the Ukrainian authorities launched a military operation against the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR, which declared their independence after the coup in Ukraine in February 2014. Kiev has repeatedly accused Moscow of interfering in the conflict in the east of the country, but the Kremlin has repeatedly stressed that these allegations are not true.
The issue of resolving the situation in the Donbas was raised during meetings in Minsk by the contact group, which was called the “Normandy Four” (Germany, Russia, Ukraine, France). During the work, the parties adopted several documents regulating the steps to resolve the conflict.