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Results of Minsk talks on Ukraine victory of 'party of peace' — Russian MP

February 12, 2015, 15:25 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The chairman of Federation Council’s International Affairs Committee Konstantin Kosachev is convinced that the growing feeling of being stuck in a deadlock facilitated reaching the Minsk breakthrough
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MOSCOW, February 12. /TASS/. The results of the summit on Ukraine settlement in Minsk demonstrate a decisive victory of "the party of peace", chairman of Federation Council’s International Affairs Committee Konstantin Kosachev said on Thursday.

One of the most promising factors was the fact that the leaders of the leaders of Russia, France, Germany and Ukraine came to Minsk to attend the meeting. "Leaders of countries do not usually come for nothing. Deadlock in negotiations is usually announced by politicians of lower levels. The leaders go when there is really a chance for success. It [the chance] was there, and [Russian President Vlaidimir] Putin, [German Chancellor Angela] Merkel, [French President Fracois] Hollande and [Ukrainian President Petro] Poroshenko used it. They were making history last night," Kosachev wrote in his blog.

The lawmaker is convinced that the growing feeling of being stuck in a deadlock facilitated reaching the "Minsk breakthrough." "And it happened. I won’t say that it was inevitable, as there were many arguments against [reaching an agreement] as well. The bigger is the achievement of negotiators. Whether the world was on the brink of a great war and whether these negotiations really were the last chance, like the French president said — that we will never know," Kosachev noted.

Along with that, there is no firm belief in the ultimate success, as the "party of war" has not disappeared, he stressed. The reached agreements contradict the internal state of part of the Ukrainian society striving for "a parade in the Ukrainian Sevastopol," which puts Poroshenko in a difficult position, Kosachev said.

"Any attempt [by Poroshenko] to present the Minsk success at home as ‘temporary solution’, promising a rematch in the future, will be a fatal mistake, as he will lose the trust of European leaders," the senator added. The self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics also have some difficulties. They do not trust Kiev as it has already violated the implementation of former Minsk agreements, Kosachev said.

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