Kuchma noted that Putin’s position in the Donbass and Syria is different.
The success of the negotiations on settlement of the situation in the East of Ukraine does not depend on the number of participating countries, and from the will of world leaders, said the representative of Ukraine in the tripartite contact group, the second President Leonid Kuchma.
Kuchma noted that the success of the “Minsk process” depends “not on the number of countries that participate in the negotiation process and will, including world leaders,” citing the example of negotiations on the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, ongoing since 1992.
“And today, when many politicians criticize the channel format (the talks, the Ukraine, Germany, France and Russia), the Minsk agreements, the question is simple: what do they offer in return?”, – said the ex-President.
He also expressed the belief that the Russian side is interested to obtain on the territory of Ukraine another frozen conflict similar to those established in other regions, and it insists on holding the elections on the ngca.
“They want at any price in the occupied territories to hold elections when the Minsk agreements clearly: the first point – the issue of security, to stop killing each other. And then you can carry out the political struggle,” – said Kuchma.
In this regard, he noted the different position of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin on Syria, which “must first resolve the issue of security, and then everything else.” “Why a different approach to the Ukraine?.. Probably she wants to get another frozen conflict – the pattern of Nagorno-Karabakh, Transnistria, Abkhazia”, – said Kuchma.
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