9 July 2019, 11:36


Zelensky toes Poroshenko’s line as he tries to avoid dialogue with Donbass - Deinego

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LUGANSK, July 9 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky follows his predecessor Petr Poroshenko’s policy as he attempts to substitute the Donbass dialogue with new negotiating formats, Lugansk People’s Republic Foreign Minister, LPR envoy to the Minsk talks Vladislav Deinego said.

Earlier, Zelensky suggested extending the “Normandy Four” format (Ukraine, France, Germany and Russia) by inviting into the talks U.S. and British representatives.

“Zelensky’s attempts to substitute the dialogue with Donbass with some new formats involving the USA and Great Britain are just a new imitation of Poroshenko’s policy. As is his speech at the meeting with (European Council president) Donald Tusk in Brussels. (It’s) indiscriminate following of the stereotypes produced by western supervisors for his predecessor,” Deinego said.

“Despite all Zelensky’s attempts to show novelties in Ukrainian policy, he stubbornly makes the same mistakes as Poroshenko, follows his “scenario” mixing it with certain episodes of the Servant of the People series,” the LPR foreign minister said.

“Apparently, the new attempts to “jump out” of the Normandy Four format have no prospects, as the attempts to leave the Minsk format, the only platform allowing for direct dialogue with Donbass,” Deinego said.

The diplomat said that “Zelensky, in an ostentatious show of his readiness to fulfil the Minsk Agreements, is as evasive as Poroshenko in trying to dodge Ukraine's obligations undertaken in Minsk.”

“No way! Ukraine either follows the commitments spelled out in the Package of Measured signed in Minsk on February 12, 2015, which became Appendix 1 to UN Security Council Resolution 2202 (2015), or loses its status as an actor in the international arena and openly acknowledges itself as an object of external manipulation,” Deinego said.

The Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements was adopted by the Contact Group on Ukraine on February 12, 2015 and supported by member states of the Normandy Four (Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France). The UN Security Council approved the document by Resolution 2202 and called upon all the sides to ensure full implementation of the Package of Measures.

The document provides for comprehensive ceasefire, withdrawal of all heavy weapons from the contact line, starting a dialog on reconstruction of social and economic ties between Kiev and Donbass. It also envisages carrying out constitutional reform in Ukraine providing for decentralization and adopting permanent legislation on a special status of certain areas of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.

LuganskMediaCentre — 09 July — Lugansk