The European Union called the Russian Federation a participant of the conflict in Donbas
It is not the for first time that Russia has tried to absolve itself of responsibility for the hostilities in eastern Ukraine and convince the international community that it is a mediator in the conflict. However, European diplomats emphasized that it is the Kremlin that influences illegal armed groups, and called on the Russian Federation to stop supporting them. The EU representatives announced this during the meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council, UATV informs.
The European Union pointed out that the Minsk Protocol “determines that the Trilateral Contact Group consists of representatives of Ukraine, the Russian Federation and the OSCE”.
“Russia’s attempts to legitimize the so-called “people’s republics” in eastern Ukraine are not constructive. We call on Russia to stop fueling the conflict by providing financial and military support to illegal armed groups. And we remain concerned about the presence of Russian military equipment and personnel in the areas, controlled by the armed formations supported by Russia”, – the EU said in a statement.