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Kiev's envoy says those who disagree with Minsk deal should not take part in talks

June 09, 15:18 UTC+3 KIEV
Kiev's official says the main problem at the Minsk talks is attempts to hold dialogue with Donbass from the position of force
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Kiev’s envoy to the Contact Group’s humanitarian subgroup Viktor Medvedchuk

Kiev’s envoy to the Contact Group’s humanitarian subgroup Viktor Medvedchuk

© Alexei Druzhinin/Russian Presidential Press and Information Office/TASS

KIEV, June 9. /TASS/. Ukrainian politicians that do not believe in the Minsk Agreements should give up participation in the negotiations process, Kiev’s envoy to the Contact Group’s humanitarian subgroup Viktor Medvedchuk said on Thursday.

"The main problem with the implementation of the Minsk Agreements is that people who ‘have not read them but condemn them’ are interpreting them," Medvedchuk said in an interview with "Komsomolskaya Pravda in Ukraine" newspaper.

"And there are around 70% of such politicians and officials in Ukraine. Unfortunately, they can be also found among those connected with the Minsk talks. I firmly believe that those who are against the Minsk Agreements, should not participate in the negotiations process on its implementation. Politicians that do not believe in the Minsk Agreements and do not support it, should give up their participation in the negotiations process," he went on.

Medvedchuk admitted that the main problem at the Minsk talks is Kiev’s reluctance to implement the political part of the Minsk Agreements and attempts to hold dialogue with Donbass from the position of force.

"We are talking about the law on elections, on amnesty and special status of the region, as well as amendments to the Constitution. These are the issues that should be coordinated with representatives of separate parts of Donetsk and Lugansk regions. They have their own vision, their own position which is not taken into account by the Ukrainian side. However, since the aforementioned provisions are outlined in the Package of measures on the implementation of the Minsk Agreements, the sides in the negotiations should look for common ground, for common denominator that will allow to implement the Minsk Agreements in full," he explained.

For this, it is necessary to hear the point of view of self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk republics (DPR and LPR), the envoy noted. "And what is the Ukrainian side doing, what is it proposing? Ultimatums? But this has the opposite effect. No, if we want to return Donbass, we should propose mechanisms that will allow to return it to Ukraine by peaceful means, to do it so that people living there right now want to live in Ukraine," Medvedchuk continued.

Instead of this, Kiev imposed an economic blockade on the region, which contradicts the Minsk Agreements, he added.

The envoy also said he was skeptical about former Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko’s desire to join the negotiations process in Minsk. Savchenko’s participation in the Minsk talks of the Contact Group is not enough, he said. "For this, the will of the country’s leadership and consensus of political forces are needed," he concluded.

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