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The ceasefire agreement is violated in Debaltseve (Mogherini)

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(BRUSSELS2 to Riga) High Representative Federica Mogherini did not hesitate when she arrived at the informal meeting of Defense Ministers in Riga (*). " The actions carried out by the separatists supported by Russia in debaltseve are a flagrant violation cease fire ».

Separatists and Russia in the crosshairs

The separatists must " to cease all military activities. Russia and the separatists must implement at once the commitments agreed in Minsk (...) to start with the respect cease fire and the withdrawal of all weapons Lourdes » The European Union also wants the mission OSCE Special monitoring can " assume its monitoring functions and verification in and around de debaltseve ». The High Representative also indicated that " in case the fighting and other negative developments violating the Minsk agreement continue”, the EU was “ ready to take any appropriate action ". Without specifying the type of action. But everyone thinks of the economic sanctions that had been put in the freezer in the last few weeks..

Moscow must use its influence

« The ceasefire is not respected also specified NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, present at the Riga meeting, also pointing “the separatists (who) seek with sophisticated weapons to attack the Ukrainian forces in Debaltseve as well as Moscow, which supports the separatists by supplying them with weapons. He thus asked: Russia to withdraw all its forces, stop all support for the separatists and use its influence with the separatists (to) enforce the Minsk agreements ».


Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).