Friday, September 30 2016 20:17 EEST
Kuchma: We must put the question bluntly - whether the Minsk format is useful anymore
Leonid Kuchma, Minsk agreement, Trilateral contact group, agreement on disengagement, Germany, France

Violations of agreement on disengagement of forces and hardware in three sectors of Donbas ceasefire by illegal armed groups will be the main topic at the next meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk on Wednesday, said the second president and Ukraine’s Representative in Trilateral contact group Leonid Kuchma.

Ukrainian side needs to decide whether the Minsk format further is able to resolve the issue of conflict in the Donbas region. This statement was made by the representative of Ukraine in the Trilateral Contact Group, the second President of Ukraine Leonid Kuchma, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

"There is nothing left, except to put the question bluntly in Minsk on Wednesday: Guys, let us say that we are unable to solve such problems, or what? I'm sorry, but Ukraine has to stop playing at giveaway", said Kuchma.

According to the ex-president, Russia-backed militants continue to violate the Minsk agreements, and this situation needs to be shown to the world, first of all, for the leaders of Germany and France, which are major in Normandy format, so that they no longer occupy a peacekeeping position.

"Looking at the events of the past few days we see that the opposite side does not comply with the agreements. It looks like this has a sole purpose of disrupting the whole of negotiation process. I do not think that small commanders are behind this. This is a serious political decision that will lead to very serious consequences," Kuchma told reporters on Friday while on a working visit to Zhytomyr region.

According to Kuchma, in such circumstances, "there is nothing left for the Ukrainian side to do but to put this question point-blank in Minsk on Wednesday."

Kuchma also underlined that "primaries", which separatists are going to conduct in light of future elections, undoubtedly will disrupt Minsk agreement.

"If they do it, they will show that there can be no dealing with them indeed. This is the conclusion to be drawn from such statements." Kuchma said.

Also representatives of self-proclaimed republics have shown their indifference by failing to participate in the expected video conference of the Trilateral contact group.

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