President Zelensky: ceasefire in Donbas is a priority for Ukraine “Stable and unconditional silence in Donbas” is Kiev's main priority and a condition for further steps in the negotiations, the President of Ukraine said, assessing the negotiations in Paris. Moscow assessed the progress at the meeting as zero “first priority” for Kiev and “element for the world” />
After reaching a reliable and guaranteed ceasefire in Donbass, the next steps can be taken in the negotiations within the Normandy Four. This was stated by President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, speaking about the results of the talks held the day before by political advisers of the Normandy Four countries. The statement was published on the website of the President of Ukraine.
“For our state, the first priority for today— this is the achievement of stable and unconditional silence in the Donbass. The ceasefire regime must be guaranteed, reliable, and it is on this basis that the following steps can be taken, — stressed the head of state.
Zelensky linked the implementation of the Minsk agreements with the summit of the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France, calling the negotiations of the heads of state mandatory.
“We consider the intensification of the work of the Normandy format as an obligatory element of the movement towards a fair and stable peace in Donbas through the implementation of the Minsk agreements; at the level of leaders»,— The report says.
Kyiv has repeatedly put forward initiatives for a summit meeting both within the framework of the Normandy format and between the presidents of Russia and Ukraine. Moscow rejected these proposals, insisting that an agenda for such meetings should be worked out, documents developed, and earlier commitments fulfilled.
From the Russian side on the “Norman” The meeting in Paris was attended by Dmitry Kozak, deputy head of the presidential administration, who described the results with much less optimism. According to him, “while progress is practically zero”, the parties spent eight hours revising the Minsk agreements, since in Kiev their provisions are interpreted differently than in Moscow.
Kozak also noted the lack of progress in a key moment— Kiev's direct negotiations with the self-proclaimed republics, since the Minsk agreements provide for the harmonization of the provisions of political reform in Ukraine with them. Andriy Yermak, head of the office of the President of Ukraine, who led the Ukrainian delegation at the talks, categorically rejected the possibility of such talks. In Ukraine, the DPR and LPR have been declared terrorist organizations.
The next meeting of advisers within the Normandy trial will take place in two weeks in Berlin.
Moscow has repeatedly accused Kiev of sabotage and failure to comply with the Minsk agreements. Their political part provides for amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine, a general amnesty and the granting of a special status to certain areas of Donbass. All foreign participants in the process also repeatedly called the Minsk agreements the only way to achieve peace in the Donbass.
Kiev officially did not refuse to implement them: at the Normandy Four summit; in Paris in December 2019, President Zelensky confirmed the relevant commitments. In reality, however, politicians in Kiev often openly describe the agreements as unworkable.
In recent months, Western leaders have been insisting that Russia is preparing an invasion of Ukraine, threatening Moscow with sanctions, and demanding a de-escalation. The Ukrainian leadership has repeatedly urged not to panic. In Kiev, they believe that there is no immediate threat of a Russian attack. Moscow has repeatedly stated that they are not preparing aggression against Ukraine.
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