19 Jan 2018 16:04

Bill on Donbas adopted by Kyiv to delay conflict settlement - Peskov

MOSCOW. Jan 19 (Interfax) - The Kremlin disagrees with the new Ukrainian bill on Donbas, in which Russia is called an aggressor country, and believes the adoption of this law will delay the settlement of the conflict in southeastern Ukraine, Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said.

"Russia categorically disagrees with this wording [aggressor country]. We believe the use of this wording in the adopted bill contradicts the document [the Minsk Agreement] signed by President Poroshenko. We regret that," Peskov told reporters on Friday.

Russia "will stay committed to the letter and spirit of the Minsk Agreements along with the other guarantor countries, France and Germany; we still favor the implementation of the Minsk Agreements for the settlement of this internal Ukrainian crisis," Peskov said.

Peskov said Moscow regrets that "such steps as, for example, the adoption of this law only take us farther from our goal."