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Ukraine's envoy at Minsk talks suggests lifting economic blockade on Donbas

The issue will be discussed at the next meeting of the trilateral contact group.

Ukraine's envoy at Minsk talks suggests lifting economic blockade on Donbas
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The trilateral contact group (TCG) on a peaceful settlement of the situation in Donbas will consider the lifting of the economic blockade against Russia-occupied districts in Donetsk and Luhansk regions (also known as ORDLO), according to UNIAN.

"This proposal was made by [Ukraine's envoy to the TCG] Leonid Kuchma, and this is indeed so. It was also supported by representatives of certain districts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions," the special representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office in Ukraine and in the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) Ambassador Martin Sajdik said on Wednesday, according to the Russian news agency TASS.

"This question will be submitted for consideration of the economic subgroup next time," Sajdik said.

According to him, the introduction of the Donbas blockade in March 2017 translated into a breach in relations between the parties.

"Therefore, now we need to work in the opposite direction. Removing the blockade would become great progress," Sajdik said.

Later, Kuchma's press secretary Darka Olifer told Hromadske.UA that the Ukrainian envoy had expressed the position of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who sees the economic blockade of Donbas as a problem and it must be solved.

"Leonid Danylovych [Kuchma] noted that it is work, this should be done in both directions," Olifer said, adding that no decisions have been made on this issue yet.

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