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Kiev's signing of ‘Steinmeier formula’ was called step towards peace in Donbass by Russia
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The adoption by the Ukrainian authorities of the ‘Steinmeier formula’ can be considered as some positive shift towards resolving the conflict in the Donbass, Russian politicians are sure.
According to President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, the Verkhovna Rada will prepare a draft law on the special status of Donbass, RIA Novosti reports. The head of state said that if elections were held in Donetsk and Lugansk according to the laws of Ukraine and the OSCE recognizes them, the law would take effect. Zelensky is convinced that during the meeting in Minsk all obstacles to holding the meeting in the Norman format were removed.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia positively evaluated this step. According to the representative of the department Maria Zakharova, the agreement helps to create an atmosphere for the implementation of the Minsk agreements.
State Duma deputy Sergey Zheleznyak agrees with this opinion. He noted that the ‘Steinmeier formula’ will give an impetus to launch the Minsk process. The MP added that it would help resume the Norman Four dialogue. Moscow always supported any steps aimed at resolving the conflict in Ukraine, he noted. But at the same time, it is important that all points of the Minsk agreements are complied with.
Member of the Federation Council Alexey Pushkov is confident that the decision of Kiev is a great success for Russian politics. The senator recalled that all the conditions put forward by Moscow for holding the meeting in the Norman format were agreed with. He suggests that the meeting could be the beginning of a shift in relations between Russia and Europe.
His colleague Sergey Tsekov believes that it is too early to talk about how serious Kiev is in its desire to seek peace. He advised to wait how this decision will be implemented.
According to Senator Konstantin Kosachev, the signing of the “formula” is a common achievement and the victory of common sense.