Deputy Head of the Administration of the President of Russia Dmitry Kozak believes that the creation of the Advisory Board at the Trilateral Contact group with the participation of the representatives of the Normandy Format will enable the dialogue of Kyiv and Donbas as RBK reported.
“It is offered to create the dialogue platform with the participation of the representatives of the Normandy Format (Germany, Russia, Ukraine, France), the sides of the conflict, in other words, Donbas,” Kozak said.
The statement of Kozak is confirmed by representative of the separatists in Donbas, Head of Foreign Ministry of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic Natalia Nikonorova.
"It does not matter how this body will be called. The important fact is that it will be the platform for the direct dialogue, communication of two sides of the conflict – Donbas and Ukraine,” Nikonorova said as TASS reported.
The Foreign Ministry of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic welcomed the creation of the new structure at the Trilateral Contact Group, calling this decision ‘to be a positive impetus for the direct communication of the sides of the conflict’.
In its turn, Head of Foreign Ministry of the so-called Luhansk People’s Republic Vladyslav Deinego noted that at the meeting “the sides agreed on the fact that the extra body is needed, which will be able to work off the aspects of the political settlement” of Donbas Conflict.
Earlier, Dmitry Kozak reported that the contact group in Minsk has a week to determine people for exchange between Ukraine and occupied Donbas and the areas for disengagement of forces.