Ukraine - Q&A - Excerpts from the daily press briefing (09.02.18)


Q – February 12 will mark the anniversary of the signing of the Minsk Agreements. Were the expectations of these agreements and of the parties met? How can non-compliance with these agreements be explained? If we assess these agreements today, what could have been done differently?

A – Jean-Yves Le Drian discussed the conflict in eastern Ukraine on February 5 with his Ukrainian counterpart and spoke about it by phone with his Russian counterpart. Every week this crisis is causing additional casualties and making life harder for local people..

France, which together with Germany is acting as a mediator, calls on Russia to implement the Minsk Agreements, especially in regard to security, and expects Ukraine to continue implementing the measures pertaining to it.

Our goal remains a comprehensive political resolution to the crisis, the improvement of the security situation – which implies fully respecting the ceasefire – and the reestablishment of socioeconomic ties on both sides of the contact line.