12 Oct 2018 13:30

Poroshenko's readiness for use of all-out military force violates Minsk Agreements - Peskov

MOSCOW. Oct 12 (Interfax) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's declared readiness to engage all the forces at his disposal in southeastern Ukraine violates the Minsk Agreements and leads to greater tension, Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said.

"It has been agreed to disengage, withdraw heavy weapons, etc. So this statement obviously violates the existent [Minsk] Agreements, which Ukraine not been honoring to the fullest extent, to say the least," Peskov said on Friday.

Hostilities in Donbas have still not ended, he said.

"Without a doubt, the only result of such steps is further escalation of tensions in the contact zone," Peskov said.

As for Russia's possible response to Poroshenko's statement, Peskov said, "Russia is not a party to this conflict. These are the Donbas republics and the rest of Ukraine. How can Russia respond? As a guarantor of the Minsk Agreements, Russia can express its profound regret about Ukraine's continued steps to escalate tensions even further."