EU urges Russia to open entry-exit checkpoints in Donbas

EU urges Russia to open entry-exit checkpoints in Donbas

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The European Union calls on Russia to fulfill the agreements in the Minsk and Normandy formats regarding the opening of two new entry-exit checkpoints in Zolote and Shchastia, as well as the rest of the checkpoints.

This was said in the EU statement on Russia’s ongoing aggression against Ukraine and illegal occupation of Crimea, which was made public at the OSCE Permanent Council meeting in Vienna on November 26, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.

"Despite the agreement reached in the TCG to open entry-exit checkpoints in Zolote and Shchastia on November 10, these checkpoints remain closed from the non-government-controlled side. Therefore, we call on the Russian Federation to fulfill this agreement and the conclusions of the 2019 Normandy summit, using its great influence on the armed formations it backs to ensure the opening of these new checkpoints, as well as all others," the statement says.

The EU praised Ukraine for the construction of another service center at a checkpoint in Novotroitske, which is designed to "further facilitate the life of people living in non-government-controlled areas."

As Ukrinform reported earlier, the humanitarian subgroup of the Trilateral Contact Group for the Settlement of the Situation in Donbas (TCG) at an extraordinary meeting on November 19 agreed on new technical details regarding the unblocking by the Russian side of work of entry-exit checkpoints in Zolote and Shchastia. The work is underway.

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