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Russian lawmaker blames Germany for failure of Donbass peace

FILED - Vyacheslav Volodin, Chairman of the State Duma, arrives for a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Photo: -/Kremlin/dpa - ATTENTION: editorial use only and only if the credit mentioned above is referenced in full

The head of the Russian State Duma, Vyacheslav Volodin, blamed Germany and France for the failure of a peace plan in eastern Ukraine that was upended by Russia’s February invasion.

Volodin, a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, also demanded reparations payments from Germany and France in a post to the social messaging service Telegram on Saturday.

“Germany and France must pay compensation to residents of the Donbass region,” Volodin wrote. “The current situation in Ukraine is a result of the mendacious policies of the leaders of these states.”

Russia has attempted to annex the region, along with other parts of Ukraine, following the invasion.

Volodin accused the governments in Berlin and Paris of staging a “state overthrow” in Ukraine in 2014 under the guise of a peaceful transition of power amid protests in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv.

Volodin went on to claim that neither Germany nor France planned to comply with the peace plans signed by the two countries along with Urkaine and Russia in the Belarusian capital of Minsk.

The Minsk peace plan for the east of Ukraine, which was under Russian influence, after the start of hostilities in 2014 provided for far-reaching obligations for the parties to the conflict. But most of the terms were never implemented. Russia and Ukraine blamed each other for this.

His comments came after Putin claimed on Friday that recent statements by former German chancellor Angela Merkel on Ukraine indicated that the Minsk agreement was signed only to give Ukraine time to arm itself and prepare for war with Russia.

Volodin repeated that assertion on Saturday.

“The pre-planned failure to fulfill the obligations assumed when signing an international treaty – this means not only a loss of confidence, but is a crime, for which the signatories of the Minsk Agreement – Merkel, [former French president Francois] Hollande and [former Ukrainian president Petro] Poroshenko – must be held accountable,” he wrote.

Volodin went on to claim those figures are now also to blame for the energy crisis in Europe.


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