Donetsk, Jul 31 – DAN. The DPR is ready to negotiate new disengagement areas along the contact line with Ukraine's representatives at the Minsk talks, said DPR Foreign Minister Natalia Nikonorova.

"We have confirmed that we are ready to discuss new disengagement areas," she said.

The DPR hopes the decision on restoration of parity in pilot disengagement areas, Petrovskoye (DPR) and Zolotoye (LPR), will we adopted at the next meeting in Minsk on August 21.

LPR and DPR representatives initialed a Framework Agreement on pullback of forces in Donbass on September 21-23, 2016, which was also signed by representatives of Ukraine, Russia and the OSCE. The document provides for three disengagement areas around Zolotoye, Stanitsa Luganskaya (LPR territory) and Petrovskoe (DPR territory). Security zones of at least zone two km wide and two km long are to be established in each sector.

The Framework Agreement is key to further bilateral withdrawal of forces from the contact line which could significantly contribute to the peaceful settlement in the region. *ot