Lavrov: Donbass 'reintegration' law contradicts Minsk agreements

Russia's Foreign Ministry stressed that the bill on "restoring Ukraine's sovereignty" over Donbass undermined the settlement of the conflict. 

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the bill on the so-called "reintegration" of Donbass, supported by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine in the first reading, ran contrary to the Minsk agreements. Such an opinion he expressed during a telephone conversation with the head of the US State Department Rex Tillerson, the report on the website of the Russian Foreign Ministry said. 

"The Russian minister noted that the bill promoted by Ukraine 'clearly contradicted the Minsk agreements and undermined the peaceful settlement'," the report said. 

During the conversation, the sides also exchanged views on the meeting between Russian presidential aide Vladislav Surkov and US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker, stressing the importance of continuing contacts through this channel. 

DONi News Agency