Ukraine crisis is the result of EU countries’ misleading policies, says Vyacheslav Volodin
Berlin and Paris should pay reparations to civilians in Donbass who have suffered Ukrainian attacks since 2014, according to Vyacheslav Volodin, speaker of the State Duma, the lower house of the Russian parliament.
His comments came after former German Chancellor Angela Merkel admitted that the Minsk peace accords had only been a ploy to give Kiev enough time to build up its military.
Merkel’s confession means that Berlin and Paris – who brokered the deal – “Bear moral and material responsibility for what is happening in Ukraine”, Volodin wrote on Telegram on Saturday.
Premeditated non-compliance with the obligations arising from the agreements constitutes “not only a loss of confidence, but also a crime for which the signatories of the Minsk – Merkel agreements, [former French president Francois] Holland, and [former Ukrainian president Pyotr] Poroshenko – must answer”, he stated.
“They will have to compensate the inhabitants of Donbass for eight years of genocide and damage”, Volodin added.
According to the deputy, the current crisis in Ukraine was caused by “misleading policies” pursued by the French and German leaders.
Volodin recalled that in 2014, Berlin and Paris also negotiated an agreement between the government of democratically elected Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and the national opposition to end the violent riots in Kyiv. Unrest erupted in the Ukrainian capital after Yanukovych refused to sign an association agreement with the EU.
“It all ended with a coup in kyiv”, he said, and “genocide” of people in the Donbass.
When the People’s Republics of Donetsk and Luhansk broke away from Kiev, Germany and France helped broker the now-defunct Minsk Accords, which were supposed to pave the way to peace by giving the two territories a special status within the Ukrainian state. Russia has repeatedly accused kyiv of failing to implement the terms of the agreements.
Volodin’s comments came after Russian President Vladimir Putin said he was disappointed and shocked when he heard Merkel’s statement, adding that it was further proof that Moscow made the right decision when he began its military operation in Ukraine.
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