Political subgroup on Donbas to meet on March 9-10 - Kyiv's representative
The political subgroup of the Trilateral Contact Group for settling the situation in eastern Ukraine will meet on March 9-10, following a meeting of the Normandy Quartet foreign ministers scheduled for March 3, Ukraine's representative in the political subgroup Roman Bezsmertny said.
"The political subgroup's next meeting will take place on [March] 9-10, after the meeting of the foreign ministers in the Normandy format," Bezsmertny said in a Skype interview shown on Channel Five on Tuesday.
No meetings of the Trilateral Contact Group's subgroups are scheduled for March 2 in Minsk, he said.
As regards legislation on elections in territories in Donbas and Luhansk regions not controlled by Kyiv, the negotiators in Minsk have so far discussed only modalities of such elections, "that is, conceptual approaches," he said.
"There was no talk about any legislation in Minsk, and Ukraine's position at the political subgroup's negotiating table is that [...] it would make sense to talk about this legislation when the security problem is resolved," he said.
Security in Donbas is the top priority now, which particularly implies measures to prevent supplies of mission weapons from Russia and to expand the OSCE security control mission, Bezsmertny said.
He also said that Russia categorically dismissed either the possibility of the presence of an EU/UN police mission in the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk people's republics (DPR and LPR) or the patrolling of these territories on a parity basis by representatives of Ukraine, the OSCE, and these republics.