Russia's Permanent Representative to the UN Vasily Nebenzya accused France and Germany of complicity “in Kiev's crimes against the population in Donbass.” He is quoted by RIA Novosti.
“Those who support only one side within the Ukrainian conflict and, contrary to the facts, indulge its painful fantasies of Russian aggression, cannot call themselves mediators. You, gentlemen, are rather accomplices of the crimes committed by Kiev against the population of Donbass, ”he said. According to the permanent representative, the initiatives aimed at establishing a dialogue between Kiev and the residents of Donbass, “cause them a nervous reaction.”
Nebenzya added that while some participants in the Normandy format, including Germany and France, agree to a dialogue with the Ansar Allah (Houthis) movement in Yemen or with representatives of the Syrian and Venezuelan opposition.
The armed conflict in Donbass has been going on for over six years. In April 2014, the Ukrainian authorities launched a military operation against the DPR and LPR, which proclaimed independence from Kiev after the change of the central government. Ukraine accuses Russia of occupying part of Donbass and supporting separatism. The Russian side rejects these claims.