Minsk Agreement may be written anew, and it’s possible to look for new grounds and formats for negotiations with Russia, but it should be done only when Ukraine has other alternatives. Georgiy Tuka, Deputy Minister for the temporarily occupied territories and internally displaced persons told that in his comments to one of the Ukrainian outlets when discussing a coming second anniversary of the Minsk agreement.
“Minks agreement was not implemented for these two years. Because the first item was about security. It’s illogical to discuss the second, third, twenty fifth items without the first one. At the same time I don’t think that Minsk agreement can’t be written anew. From my point of view, unfortunately the agreement is written in a way, that it doesn’t have a single interpretation (I don’t know whether it was made accidentally or intentionally). A huge problem lies here – when every party interprets the agreement in it’s own way. That’s why I admit that the agreement may be changed, for instance. May be new grounds should be created, which is currently being discussed a lot. But we can refuse of the only existing negotiation ground only after an alternative is created. Something needs to be built before destroying anything,” thinks Tuka.
When asked about the likelihood of the Russia’s early full scale offensive, Georgiy Tuka replied: “I don’t’ believe in that because an offensive will cause huge losses without aviation and missile armament. Beyond all doubt Russia is not ready for that. At the same time couple days ago there was a discussion on one of the Russian TV channels (it seems to me that it was with the Russian propagandist Dmitriy Kiselyov) about the Ukrainian city, which needs to be “freed” as they have “freed” Aleppo. A real fraternal people!”