Russia wants to freeze the conflict in the Donbass, at least until the elections in Russia in 2018. This opinion was expressed by former Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski, being in Kiev at the meeting of Yalta European strategy, the channel 112.
“I’m afraid that this conflict (in Donbas – ed.) Russia wants to keep as frozen, long-term conflict. Of course, this is not helping Russia, but this is a big problem for Ukraine and the West,” he said.
Kwasniewski explained that, in his opinion, no change can not happen until after the presidential campaign and elections in Russia in 2018.
“But after the election, there’s a chance that Putin will understand that he needs reforms, it is necessary modernization of the country and need the support of the West. And the support of the West will come only when it is the decision of the Ukrainian conflict,” – said the ex-President of Poland.
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He noted that last year was international solidarity with Ukraine and expressed the view that after the completion of all elections in Europe (on stage – German elections) support for Ukraine will increase.
“I think that Ukraine is at the main place of the thinking of Western politicians: how to help Ukraine, to help Ukraine’s independence, Ukraine’s security, and how to help the Ukrainian economy to you (Ukraine – ed.) was ready to enter at some point into the European Union”, – considers ex-the President of Poland.
He also said that the West should stick to my original statement: “there can be no issues related to the territorial integrality of Ukraine”.
Earlier today, the Council of the European Union has extended until 5 March 2018 sanctions against individuals and companies who are involved in the violation of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine.