Monday, October 17 2016 20:43 EEST
The future of Donbas: Gerashchenko shared why Putin is hiding from the Normandy format
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Ukraine's representative in the humanitarian subgroup of the Trilateral contact group on Donbas settlement, Iryna Gerashchenko expressed her views concerning the prospect of Donbas' conflict resolution.

First Deputy Chairperson of the Verkhovna Rada Iryna Gerashchenko named the reason why Putin is evading from participation in Normandy format meeting, underlining covert factors Russian president is taking into account by ignoring the long-expected negotiations between leaders of four countries.

Iryna Gerashchenko stressed that Russia is not going to find a compromise in eastern Ukraine, because Putin still wants to expose his conditions. At the same time he is not willing to give answers to common questions, Russian side is facing now in accordance with Minsk agreement.

"As for the Kremlin's actions, it is clear that Putin is not set to leave Donbas, and neither is he willing to reach compromise. We see that he is hiding from the Normandy format because he is not ready to give answers to some very specific questions," Gerashchenko told journalists before a meeting of the Conciliation Board of the Verkhovna Rada.

Thus, political settlement is now in deadlock and Ukrainian politician says it is a wrong path when Europe tries to pacify the aggressor.

"In this context, the world needs to act appropriately, to call a spade a spade, to strengthen the sanctions, but not to debate on how to appease with a carrot someone who violates all international norms and is involved in the murders of thousands of Ukrainians and Syrians," she said.

Early Putin called the condition for the meeting of "Normandy Quartet"

The Russian president said that the meeting of the leaders of the "Normandy format" is possible in the case of reaching an agreement on the level of assistants.

Also President of Ukraine held phone negotiations in trilateral format with participation of President of France Francois Hollande and Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel.

The parties discussed consequences of recent consultations at the level of diplomatic advisors in the Normandy format (Ukraine, Germany, France and Russia). They noted efficient German-French-Ukrainian interaction in the elaboration of the road map on the implementation of the Minsk agreements.

Russian and Ukrainian leaders, along with their French and German counterparts, are considering meeting in Berlin on October 19 to seek progress on the Minsk agreement, but Moscow and Kyiv are locked in a stalemate over how and when the deal should be implemented.

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