Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the full implementation of the Minsk agreements is the only way to help Ukraine secure its integrity.
"We are confident that only through full and faithful implementation of the Minsk agreements of February 12, 2015 can we put an end to the bloodshed and find a way out of the deadlock,” Russia's Tass news agency quoted the Russian president as saying at the 70th jubilee session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York Monday. “Ukraine’s territorial integrity cannot be ensured by threats and force of arms."
Putin also said that it was important to respect choices, rights and interests of the people in the Donbas region. He said that coordinating with them was required.
"These steps will guarantee that Ukraine will develop as a civilized state, as an essential link in building a common space of security and economic cooperation both in Europe and in Eurasia," Putin said.
Ukraine's Ambassador-At-Large Dmytro Kuleba earlier said that his country did its best to implement the Minsk agreements “with good faith.” Ukraine expected the same from Russia as well, he said.
“So we expect from a meeting between President Obama and the President Putin is a clear signal coming from the American side that Russia must implement Minsk Agreements and must make its protégés its puppets in the region in Donetsk and Lugansk do the same,” Ukraine Today quoted Kuleba as saying.
Kuleba also said that the U.N. Security Council should be reformed by adding more permanent members. He said it would “better reflect the existent political reality” as the “reality” had changed since 1945 when it was formed.