Kiev derails political subgroup talks - Miroshnik


Kiev representatives derailed the Contact Group political subgroup talks again, showing their reluctance to achieve political settlement in Donbass, LPR representative in the Contact Group subgroup on political issues Rodion Miroshnik wrote on his Telegram channel.

“Kiev representatives derailed the political group talks again. There was no ceremonial exit from the conference room this time,” Miroshnik said. “The coordinator (for OSCE in the Contact Group subgroup on political issues Sylvie-Agnes) Bermann said that there was no consensus to conduct the dialogue on the part of Kiev, and suggested closing the session.”

“This time, Ukrainian representatives came up with a new “creative” pretext to refuse the dialogue: “at a formal session, we (Kiev representatives) cannot conduct the dialogue due to the presence of unwanted aides, while informally, we don’t want substantive talks,” he said.

Amid bombastic statements by (Ukrainian President Vladimir) Zelensky that “we are at war and that we cannot wait,” the refusal to negotiate indicates in deed quite the opposite. Kiev delays the talks apparently showing that Zelensky and his associates do not really need political settlement which is essential for stopping the conflict for extended period. That is, the state of war is a routine for Ukrainian authorities from which it draws its dividends and fulfills the orders of “international strategic partners,” the LPR representative said.

He reminded that the political group’s work has been blocked for five months through Kiev’s fault.”

Everything is reduced to the discussion of procedural issues with which Kiev excuses its refusal to negotiate. The OSCE representatives who have to create conditions for productive dialogue throw up their hands saying they cannot influence Kiev,” Miroshnik said.

The report by the coordinator (for the OSCE in the subgroup on political issues) on the results of the session will be presented at the Contact Group meeting tomorrow,” he said.

“But it’s clear what it will say, except how the new coordinator for the OSCE will downplay the Ukrainian delegation’s role in derailing the talks,” the LPR representative said.

Earlier, Miroshnik said that the OSCE kept silent about Kiev representatives’ blocking the Minsk talks.

The Ukrainian government launched the so-called anti-terrorist operation against Donbass in April 2014. Conflict settlement relies on the Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements, signed on February 12, 2015 in the Belarussian capital by the Contact Group members and coordinated by the Normandy Four heads of states (Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine). The UN Security Council approved the document by Resolution No 2202 of February 17, 2015 and called upon the parties to ensure its implementation.

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.

To facilitate the work of the Contact Group, four working groups were set up under its aegis to deal with issues of security, politics, return of internally displaced people and refuges, as well as with social, humanitarian, economic and rehabilitation issues. *i*s

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