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Friday, 13 February 2015

The Minsk Complex dismantles the Minsk Memorandum

by Stratediplo, 13/2/2015
On September 5, 2014, the trilateral contact group on Ukraine (OSCE, Russia and Ukraine) signed a Protocol to "implement president Poroshenko's peace plan and president Putin's initiative"; then on September 19 the same contact group signed a Memorandum, supposedly to precise its practical application, but actually to correct it and make it both viable and useful. After the failure of the general military offensive launched by the Ukranian government in January, president Hollande, president Putin and chancellor Merkel called the contact group to prepare a new document, the Complex "of measures about the implementation of the Minsk agreements", issued on February 12, 2015. As the two previous ones, this document was then presented to two top leaders of Donetsk and Lugansk de facto republics (in the meanwhile elected chiefs of government), who acknowledged having read it by signing after the trilateral contact group, in their sole personal names since they were not asked to state any public mandate or commit any community.
The 13 clauses of the Complex are commented hereafter.
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Peace Deal, by Vladimir Kazanevsky, Ukraine

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