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SOCHI, October 24. /TASS/. France’s former Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin has recommended setting up a new and somewhat expanded contact group on Ukraine that would bring together Ukraine itself, Russia, Germany, Britain, France, and the US and would assure political leverage, financial backing and diplomatic stimulus, which would help eliminate the various dimensions of the Ukrainian crisis.
De Villepin said the Minsk Group, which includes proxy representatives of the Kiev authorities, the east Ukrainian self-defense militia spokespeople, the Russian ambassador to Ukraine, and European Commission officials, succeeded in the solution of the conflict in the east Ukrainian independence-minded Donetsk and Luhansk regions, but it had a rather limited potential.
The group did manage to reach a truce but the current situation requires a new mechanism for working out new solutions and assuming responsibility for Ukraine’s future, De Villepin said.
He singled out the importance to solving the problems of security, economy, political and social consensus.
De Villepin stressed the insufficiency of the patterns of collaboration like the format of last summer’s summit conference in Normandy, where Vladimir Putin and Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko met on the sidelines of a major international gathering devoted to the anniversary of D-Day with the assistance from Germany’s Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande.
Such formats usually do not operate permanently, De Villepin said.