Minsk agreements impossible to fulfill – Ukraine’s Kravchuk

The way out of the deadlock is holding the Normandy Four summit, the head of Ukraine’s delegation at TCG talks on Donbas believes.

Photo from UNIAN

Photo from UNIAN

Minsk agreements on Donbas settlement will not be fulfilled due to the different positions that Ukraine and Russia stand on, says Leonid Kravchuk, head of the Ukrainian delegation to the Trilateral Contact Group. Kravchuk has blamed the incumbent government’s predecessors for the ineffectiveness of the deal, the Novoye Vremya online outlet reports.

“Those led by [the then-President Petro] Poroshenko laid down one thing, and now they demand something else. And those who laid this down and signed it remind us that international agreements must be fulfilled,” Kravchuk said.

He suggests that the implementation of the Minsk agreements is now impossible.

“We are now in a rather difficult situation: there are Minsk Agreements, but they can’t be implemented given the obvious reasons. Also, it’s because when they were being signed, it was already clear that they would not be fulfilled. But, according to international agreements, such accords cannot be repealed by one side only,” the head of the Ukrainian delegation said. However, Kravchuk sees a way out in holding a Normandy Four Summit of the leaders of Ukraine, Germany, France, and Russia.

“I think this issue should be resolved on appropriate conditions and at such meetings. Only at this level. I don’t see any other [way out],” said Kravchuk. Meeting of advisors to Normandy Four leaders: background On August 26, head of President’s Office Andriy Yermak said the meeting of advisors to the Normandy Four leaders, scheduled for August 28, had been postponed to early September.

It was expected that Yermak would represent Ukraine, assistant to the Chancellor for foreign policy Jan Hecker – Germany, advisor to the president Emmanuel Bonne – France, and deputy head of the presidential administration Dmitry Kozak – Russia. On September 9, Russian president’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov confirmed Kozak’s participation in the meeting in Berlin on September 11. Head of the President’s Office Andriy Yermak arrived in Berlin for talks on September 11.

(C)UNIAN 2020

5 comments

  • It will be 3 to 1 as usual. Total waste of time and dripping with slimy, treacherous participants. Minsk was signed at a desperate time when putinazi invaders were slaughtering a hopelessly outgunned opponent.
    Bury it and start again with the Budapest signatories.

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  • I think it was Kurt Volker who said “why Minsk? Because we don’t have anything else.”

    Walking away from it may result in a new war and more ruSSian land grabbing. I doubt Ukraine could withstand simultaneous attacks from RuSSia, the fake republics and the Crimea at the same time. In the worst case with the ruSSian air force getting involved. Without Nato standing with Ukraine in case of a new war, Ukraine is lost.

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  • Maybe these imps will one day see that riding a dead horse gets you nowhere.
    Or, they will be at Minsk XXXVI when we are very old and very gray…

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