Zelensky proposed to substantively negotiate peace in Donbass

Ukraine is committed to a peaceful solution to the conflict in Donbass and is ready to take the necessary steps to implement the Minsk agreements, according to Kiev. The specific measures that the Ukrainian authorities are ready for were not named

Ukraine is ready to substantively negotiate on the settlement of the conflict in Donbass during a new summit in the Normandy format, according to a statement published by the office of the President of Ukraine following negotiations between advisers to the leaders of France and Germany with the head of Zelensky's office, Andriy Yermak.

< p> “ The time has come to substantively negotiate an end to the conflict, and we are ready for the necessary decisions during the new summit of the leaders of the four countries, '' & mdash; Zelensky's statement is quoted in the message.

Ermak, in turn, during the negotiations, confirmed that Kiev remains committed to the political and diplomatic way of resolving the situation around the conflict in Donbass and the conflict with Russia.

At the same time, neither Zelensky nor Yermak specified what specific steps Kiev would take. ready to go.

On the part of the European countries, the foreign policy adviser to the German Chancellor Jens Pletner and the French President's diplomatic adviser Emmanuel Bonn took part in the negotiations. The meeting discussed the implementation of the agreements during the last meeting in the Normandy format in 2019. Before their visit to Kiev on a similar mission, Pletner and Bonn visited Moscow.

The office of the President of Ukraine also assured that the parties to the negotiations agreed to continue to maintain contacts within the Normandy format; at the level of advisers in order to agree on the modalities of organizing the next summit of leaders of countries & mdash; participants in the Normandy format.

The last meeting of the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France in the framework of the Normandy format took place in December 2019. Then President Zelensky fully reaffirmed Ukraine's commitments to implement the political part of the Minsk agreements. However, the steps necessary for this, including amending the Constitution of Ukraine, were not taken in Kiev.

The Kremlin has repeatedly declared its readiness to hold a meeting in the Normandy format. both at the ministerial and at the highest level. However, the condition & mdash; specific final documents should be prepared for it with an analysis of what has already been done and strong commitments for the future.

In November 2021, the Russian Foreign Ministry published the correspondence between Sergey Lavrov and the heads of the German and French Foreign Ministries Heiko Maas and Jean-Yves Le Drian. The ministry said that they took this step due to the fact that the position of Russia in preparation for a possible meeting of foreign ministers of the countries of the Normandy Four distorted. It followed from the correspondence that Russia refused to change the agenda of the meeting and insisted on Ukraine's full implementation of the 2015 Minsk agreements. Lavrov repeated the thesis that the Kiev authorities do not fulfill and are not going to fulfill the Minsk agreements with the connivance of the Western countries.

The Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements signed in February 2015 stipulates that by December 2015 Ukraine along with other steps was required:

  • adopt a law on amnesty for participants in the events in certain areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine;

  • carry out constitutional reform and adopt a new Constitution, which would have been agreed upon with representatives of the DPR and LPR provisions on the special status of these areas of Donbass;
  • to adopt permanent legislation on the special status of certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

The transfer of the state border under the control of Ukrainian forces was to take place after elections in territories not controlled by Kiev.

Officials of both the previous administration of Petro Poroshenko and the current administration of Volodymyr Zelensky have repeatedly called these conditions impracticable and offered their own vision and procedure for the implementation of the Minsk agreements. For example, in Kiev, the idea was repeatedly voiced to first gain control over the border, and only after that to hold local elections.

The LPR and DPR are recognized as terrorist organizations under Ukrainian law.

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