"Donetsk and Luhansk will not be allowed": Kremlin reacts to idea of transferring negotiations on Donbass to Vienna 09/17/2020 14:12:08. Total views 877. Views today — 0.

Moscow considers it premature to transfer negotiations to resolve the situation in the Donbass from Minsk. This was reported by a source in the Russian Foreign Ministry, - RIA Novosti reports.

"We drew attention to the statement by Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz on September 15 following his meeting with President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky about the readiness to consider transferring the meetings of the Contact Group on the settlement of conflict in the Donbass from Minsk to Vienna, if Russia and Ukraine agree to this", - the agency's interlocutor said.

According to him, "stating his readiness to transfer the TCG meetings on the Donbass to Vienna due to the crisis in Belarus, Kurz forgot to mention the DNR and LNR, the opinion of which is important". "With all our deep respect for Mr.Kurtz and love for Vienna, we would like to remind you that in addition to Russia, Ukraine and the OSCE, the Contact Group also includes Donetsk and Luhansk, the opinion of which is no less important than the position of its other participants. Unfortunately, Mr. Chancellor forgot to mention this", - the source noted.

In addition, according to him, Kurz "did not say whether the Austrian authorities are ready to ensure unhindered entry into the country for representatives of the Donbass, without whose participation the work has no sense". "We consider it premature to transfer the negotiations from Minsk", - the source said.

He also added that Moscow "agree with the opinion of Volodymyr Zelensky, who recalled at a press conference with Sebastian Kurz that the Contact Group meets online due to the pandemic, and if there is a result, it does not matter where exactly to meet".

As OstroV reported, the Ukrainian delegation called for comprehensive measures to preserve a comprehensive ceasefire at a meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) on September 16, in particular, by properly implementing a package of additional measures to support the ceasefire.