EU should put pressure on Kiev to stabilize Donbass situation – EU lawmaker

The European Union and European countries should threaten Ukraine with sanctions in order to stabilize the Donbass situation, member of European parliament representing France Jean-Luc Schaffhauser told Lugansk Media Centre.

“They (certain European countries and EU in general) should put political and economic pressure on Ukrainian government so that it begins substantive talks with de-facto Donbass authorities over implementation of the Minsk Agreements, as suggested by (Ukrainian politicians) Nadezhda Savchenko, Viktor Medvedchuk and Viktor Pinchuk,” he said.

“At this point, the European Union and European states should threaten Ukraine with sanctions if Kiev does now show commitment to its obligations concerning this issue,” Schaffhauser said.

The members of the Contact Group at the meeting in Minsk on December 21 agreed to enforce a comprehensive and durable ceasefire in effect from December 24th. The deal has become the 10th truce agreement since the autumn of 2014. Earlier, Kiev forces regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.

The Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements was adopted by the Contact Group on Ukraine on February 12, 2015 and supported by member states of the Normandy Four (Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France). The UN Security Council approved the document by its 2202 Resolution and called upon all the sides to ensure full implementation of the Package of Measures.

The document provides for comprehensive ceasefire, withdrawal of all heavy weapons from the contact line, starting a dialog on reconstruction of social and economic ties between Kiev and Donbass. It also envisages carrying out constitutional reform in Ukraine providing for decentralization and adopting permanent legislation on a special status of certain areas of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.

DONi News Agency