Russia’s permanent representative to the OSCE Alexander Lukashevich said that Moscow may change its decision on the recognition of passports DND and LNR, if Ukraine complies with the Minsk agreement. This was reported on the official website of the Ministry of foreign Affairs.
This statement Lukashevich made at a meeting of the OSCE permanent Council. Among the conditions he called “the abolition of the punitive operation”, the withdrawal of heavy weapons, and constitutional reform and recognition of the local elections, and the implementation of the agreements to restore socio-economic relations.
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on the recognition of DND and LNR document on February 18. This measure was explained on “humanitarian grounds”. The decree will remain in force “until the political settlement of the situation in certain districts of Donetsk and Lugansk regions of Ukraine”.
The situation in the Donbass managed to break, when, on 12 February 2015 was held in Minsk talks “channel four” (the President of Russia Vladimir Putin, Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko, the head of France Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel).
The parties managed to agree about cease-fire. Compiled following the meeting, a document called the Minsk agreements. Until the end of 2015 Ukraine had to carry out a constitutional reform broadening the powers of the territories of the DNI and LC. The authorities of Donbass, according to the reform, will participate in the appointment of prosecutors and judges, as well as the creation of groups of “people’s militia”.
The Minsk agreement also States that the conflicting parties are obliged to withdraw all heavy weapons in the Donbass at equal distances to create a safety zone with a width of at least 50 kilometers from each other.