All countries support the Minsk format of negotiations on settling the situation in Donbas, because the other format does not exist. About this on air of channel 5, Deputy foreign Minister for European integration issues Elena zerkal.
“There’s no other format, so all support the Minsk format,” she said.
Mirror recalled that this year more intensively worked format with the participation of the special representative of the US State Department on Affairs Kurt Volker and assistant to the President of the Russian Federation Vladislav Surkov.
“Do you think that other formats will be more successful if one party (Russia – ed.) does not want to engage in dialogue. We try to use all formats on all platforms, and the only way it works. It does not work in isolation from the others. It doesn’t work even in isolation of other issues related to foreign policy and crises that occur in the world because we do not live in a separate world, we live in a global world”? – said zerkal.
According to her, Russia is a player in various conflict zones. “And that Tillerson (U.S. Secretary of state, – ed.) at the last Ministerial conference said that for them the most important safety issue the issue of Ukraine, I believe that this is a big step forward,” – said zerkal.
She added, no one discusses the EU as to whether to prolong sanctions against the aggressor country, the Russian Federation.
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The representative of Ukraine in the tripartite contact group in Minsk, Leonid Kuchma, believes that the situation in the Donbass will not change before the presidential elections in Russia in 2018.