Care of the ex-President of Ukraine Leonid Kuchma, the contact group on Donbass will have a negative impact on the settlement of the conflict and will slow down the process, and who will take his place - it's difficult to forecast, according to respondents RIA Novosti experts.
The former President of Ukraine Leonid Kuchma stopped work in the contact group on conflict settlement in the Donbass, said Tuesday the press service of the office of President Vladimir Zelensky on the results of their meeting.
The Verkhovna Rada resolution on holding the local elections contradict the Minsk agreements, said the Russian presidential envoy in the contact group on Donbass Boris Gryzlov following the results of conference.
"The discussion of all other issues in the political, economic and humanitarian spheres, in environment where the highest legislative body of Ukraine adopted a decision excluding the settlement of the conflict based on the Minsk agreements, are devoid of meaning. We are talking about the resolution of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine from July 15, to hold local elections in which the quality of elections in the Donbass, conditions that directly contradict the Minsk agreements", - he said.
Russia is satisfied with the agreement of the ceasefire between Kiev, Donetsk and Lugansk, said the Ambassador of Russia in the contact group on Donbass Boris Gryzlov following the results of conference.
"Finally after nearly five months of resistance, the Ukrainian side found the courage to agree on the measures to cease-fire that was repeatedly offered the Donetsk and Lugansk. In this regard, it is impossible to feel anything but satisfaction. Measures to ensure a cease-fire between Kiev and Donbass should enter into force on 27 July," - said Gryzlov.
The Minister of foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba said that he sees no risk of the annexation of the Donbas by Russia.
"The risk of annexation, I'm not seeing. I believe that the Russian Federation is just playing his very difficult and extremely dangerous to her game," - said Kuleba in an interview with "Today", which is posted on the YouTube channel.
Ukrainian authorities to create a semblance of "focusing on achieving a peaceful settlement" of the conflict in the East of the country, but in fact give birth to the negotiation process to a standstill, said in an interview with RIA Novosti a special representative of Russia in the Contact group on settling the situation in Ukraine Azamat kulmuhametov.
According to the special representative of the Russian Federation, the situation with the implementation of the Minsk package of measures puts the political leadership of Ukraine in the situation of "zugzwang": on the one hand, Kiev wants to abandon Minsk, and with another - understands that to do this does not.
Kiev refused agreements in the field of exchange of detained persons, it will significantly slow the process of exchange and release, said the Ambassador of Russia in the contact group on Donbass Boris Gryzlov at the end of its meeting.
"During today's conference, Kiev has refused the previously agreed arrangements for the drafting of lists on the exchange in accordance with the four categories of detained persons. This will significantly slow the process of exchange and release," - said Gryzlov.
Kiev is trying to move away from substantive discussion of issues, it seriously hampers the work of the contact group on Donbass, said the Plenipotentiary of Russia in the contact group Boris Gryzlov at the end of its meeting.
"The only way to resolve the domestic conflict is clear, complete and consistent implementation of the obligations of Kiev and the Donbass for Minsk agreements. And this can only be done in the mode of direct dialogue on all aspects of the political settlement between the authorities of Kiev, Donetsk and Lugansk," - said Gryzlov.
Representatives of Kiev not take into account the suggestions of Donbass on the draft law on the special status of the region, however, the dialogue between the parties on this issue began, said the Ambassador of Russia in the contact group on Ukraine, Boris Gryzlov following the meeting.
"The political sub-group proceeded to a detailed discussion of the law "On special order of local government in certain districts of Donetsk and Lugansk regions", briefly called "Law on the special status," - said Gryzlov journalists.
There is a sense that the purpose of Kiev - is not the conflict resolution and reintegration of Donbass, and the extension of sanctions against Russia, said the Ambassador of Russia in the contact group on Donbass Boris Gryzlov following the results of meeting of the group.
"The focus of today's meeting of the contact group was the cornerstone issues of conflict settlement in the Donbass – the law on the special status and measures to monitor the ceasefire," - said Gryzlov to journalists.
Deputy head of the delegation of Ukraine in the contact group in Minsk said that the Minsk package of measures is Advisory in nature, from which we can conclude that Kiev is not going to implement it, said the Ambassador of the Russian Federation under Boris Gryzlov.
"Eleventh of June, the Ukrainian delegation headed by Andrey Ermak at a meeting with Dmitry Kozak and other representatives of Russia has given assurances that provide for meaningful participation of its representatives, will strictly follow the package of measures, including in terms of dialogue with representatives of Donbass. Prior to that, the leadership of Ukraine, including statements by the President of Ukraine at the Paris summit, have reiterated that the Complex of measures is uncontested and binding on both Ukraine and the Donbas. Today, however, Alexander Merezhko, Deputy head of the delegation of Ukraine in the contact group, said that the package of measures is a recommendation and does not impose on Ukraine any commitments," Gryzlov said following the meeting of the Minsk contact group.
Dialogue between Kiev and Donbass need in a direct and daily basis, however, readiness to constructively implement the Minsk agreements on the part of Ukraine, said the Russian representative in the contact group on settling the situation in Donbass Boris Gryzlov.
On Wednesday there was held the meeting of the contact group videoconference.