A Federal Foreign Office Spokesperson issued the following statement on the Ukrainian parliament’s extension of the special status law on Friday (6 October):
The Federal Government commends today’s extension by the Ukrainian parliament of the special status law for the Donbass region.
This was a difficult but important step demonstrating Ukraine’s commitment to its international obligations and to the implementation of the Minsk agreements. The prerequisites for further progress are lasting stabilisation of the security situation and a complete and permanent ceasefire.
The 2014 special status law would have expired this month (18 October). This law is the basis for the special rights of the administrations in certain areas in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions which are set forth also in the package of measures agreed in Minsk.
Extending the law was therefore an important step in implementing the Minsk agreements.