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Ambassador: Foreign mediation now totally inappropriate for Ukraine

Zurabov believes this situation is not inexplicable

KIEV, January 25 (Itar-Tass) - Mediation in efforts to settle the internal political crisis is now completely unacceptable for Ukraine, as the mere fact of mediation may be perceived as a partial waiver of sovereign rights, Russian Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Ukraine Mikhail Zurabov said in an exclusive interview to Itar-Tass.

“It is hard to disagree that determining a realistic agenda for a political dialogue, consultations and even approaching any agreements is insufficient in the current Ukrainian situation,” he said. “External control over the implementation of agreements, a kind of arbitrage mechanism, may be necessary. This is quite possible, but so far neither of the Ukrainian political forces has officially declared its interest in mediation to help Ukraine arrange or intensify negotiations.”

Zurabov believes this situation is not inexplicable: “Fears are justified that it is difficult and maybe even impossible to find ‘an honest broker’ under present circumstances. So in the near term any mediation that will be hardly free of hidden interference in the domestic political process is completely inappropriate for Ukraine.”

“At the stage where certain agreements are reached, the issue of guarantors may emerge in theory,” Zurabov said. “Another reason why mediation is not a perfect solution is that for a sovereign state it indicates imperfection of its political and state institutions. And the fact of mediation may be interpreted as partial loss of an independent state’s sovereign rights.