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Klimkin: 'If we give Donbas autonomy, as Russia wants, it will lead to the federalization of Ukraine'
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'It will legitimize Russian protectorate in Donbas', Foreign Minister said

Providing Donbas autonomy will lead to the federalization of Ukraine. Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin said this in an interview with Deutsche Welle, according to 112.international.

'If we give Donbas autonomy, as Russia wants, it will lead to the federalization of Ukraine, to its weakening and separation. This is what Russia wants. It will legitimize Russian protectorate in the Donbas region. The Russian strategy is to push this protectorate to Ukraine as a Trojan horse', said Klimkin.

He added that negotiations on holding elections in the Donbas region will be possible only after complete ceasefire on the occupied territories, full withdrawal of weapons and OSCE control of the entire territory and part of the border with Russia.

Klimkin said that Ukraine was in favor of sticking to the Minsk agreements and Normandy format of negotiations.

As reported earlier by 1492news.com, Ukraine MFA: 'I believe that Russia does not need Donbas'

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