3 June 2019, 18:25
Kuchma's return to Minsk changes nothing until Kiev wants to fulfill agreements - Deinego
LUGANSK, June 3 (Lugansk Media Centre) – The re-appointment of Ukrainian ex-president Leonid Kuchma as Kiev's representative in the Contact Group will not change Ukrainian rhetoric in its unwillingness of progress in the Minsk talks, said LPR Foreign Minister representing the Republic at Minsk talks Vladislav Deinego.
Today Ukrainian president Vladimir Zelensky announced Kuchma's reappointment as Ukraine's representative at the Minsk talks. The second president of Ukraine head his country's delegation in 2014-2018. In the autumn 2018 Kuchma announced his resignation from the Contact Group. He was succeeded by ex-prime minister and ex-defense minister Evgeny Marchuk. After Zelenskiy won presidential election, Marchuk and Kiev's representative in the humanitarian subgroup Irina Geraschenko resigned.
"Ukraine's general rhetoric testifies to the fact that there is no wish to achieve progress in the Minsk talks. I think Kuchma's appointment changes nothing unless Ukraine changes its stance," Deinego said.
Zelensky said earlier that Ukraine has some concrete propositions to end the Donbass conflict and it shall voice them at the Contact Group's meeting in Minsk on June 5.
"We have not received any propositions," Deinego said.
The return of Ukrainian ex-president Leonid Kuchma to the Minsk negotiations indicates that Kiev does not indent to implement them, Alexey Chesnakov, political scientist and director of the Center for Current Politics, told Interfax news agency.
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