Moscow responded to the offer of Yanukovych on mediation in the Donbass

Dmitry Peskov

The settlement of the situation in Eastern Ukraine requires, first and foremost, of the agreements between Kiev and self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk national republics, said the official representative of the Kremlin, Dmitry Peskov. About it the correspondent “” on Wednesday, February 22.

“Certainly, the role of a mediator requires the consent of all parties to the conflict. (…) Russia is not a party to the conflict, so Kiev and the Donbass must first come together in that understanding,” Peskov said, commenting on the letter of former President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych world leaders with proposals for settling the situation in Eastern Ukraine.

A spokesman for the Russian President noted that Russia, France and Germany — the participants of the talks in the “Normandy format” — is the guarantor of the implementation of the Minsk agreements.

“But, unfortunately, together we can not yet boast that they managed to do some required distance towards the implementation of the provisions of those agreements”, — said Peskov.

Earlier on Wednesday it became known that Yanukovych appealed to the leaders of Russia, USA, Germany and France, Poland, the heads of PACE, Council of Europe (COE) and the European Parliament with a proposal to hold a referendum on the status of Donbass, if the Ukrainian authorities do not fulfill the Minsk agreement. He also called for the establishment of a special Commission of the COE to monitor the investigation into the events on the Maidan.