Former Ukrainian President (1994 0 2005), the representative of Ukraine in the trilateral contact group Leonid Kuchma is doubtful about introduction of armed OSCE's police mission in Donbas. He told that to the journalists, reported by Ukrainian News.
“Hope is the last to die. 57 countries, do they hope that they will vote for the police mission? There were no examples before. This is a problem and I can’t see its solution,” he said.
At that Kuchma underlined that the acting OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine is not monitoring the disengagement on the set area near Stanytsia Luhanska (Luhansk region) at nighttime.
“The disengagement in Luhansk direction – the cameras of the OSCE should be mounted there. Nobody is there at night. So at least cameras of the special mission should be working there. But they are not yet working – either the generator is not functioning, or else. This allows truce violations at night and attributing the shelling sot each other. There’s no control, so here’s the result. So, there is hope. But unfortunately Russia agreed police mission this easily because they know the decision is hard and 57 countries (is a lot, - ed.),” said Kuchma.
Kuchma also believes the sanctions are damaging Russia at the moment, but shall play a positive role for Russia in a long-term perspective.
“We see that Russia is surviving trade sanctions against them… I may be telling things I shouldn’t have told: with the economic sanctions we help Russia to understand that it can’t be a resource colony. Now they are going to focus on new technologies and so on. Finally, Russia will get more positive, then negative affect,” he stated.
Kuchma also believes that Ukraine is not able to resolve the conflict in Donbas on its own.
“There was created a group on Karabagh conflict in 1992 in 8+2 format: American France, Germany, Italy among others. But the conflict is not yet resolved. If these countries do not have their will, if the US does not get fully involved into the problem, nothing will happen. If the countries play their peace-and-friendship game, solve local problems and leave Ukraine aside, we will be staying in this status quo and move in a downward direction,” he added.