The agreements on the disengagement of forces at three new areas of Donbas are still not reached, as ND media outlet reported, citing Ukraine’s representative on security issues at Trilateral Contact Group, deputy commander of Joint Operation Forces Bohdan Bondar.
At the next session of this subgroup, which took place in the regime of the video conference, Bondar accused the Russian side of the absence of progress at the talks.
“There is particular progress but it is blocked by the Russian side to disrupt the fulfillment of the decision of the previous Normandy Format summit on December 9 and prevent the prospect of the new meeting of the format leaders,” he said.
According to Bondar, the Ukrainian and Russian sides offer their own variants of the areas for disengagement but ‘on farfetched reasons the Russian side refuses to consider the position of Ukraine”.
“We say that we are ready to consider the position of Russia but the compromise is not reached yet,” he specified.
Bondar underlined that the main obstacle for the reaching of agreements is the reluctance of Russia to recognize itself as the side of the conflict in the east of Ukraine.
“The main message of the Russian side: there is one Ukraine; the second is the representatives of separate areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. They are saying that you should agree on your own and we (Russia, - 112.international) will support it,” he said.
Ukraine’s representative doubts that heads of the delegations will succeed to agree on the disengagement of forces during the video conference on Wednesday.
“It is very difficult to agree with the heads when there are no agreements in the subgroups at the level of experts,” Bondar explained.
Earlier, the Trilateral contact group for the solution of Donbas conflict (Minsk talks group) agreed on the creation of an advisory board. It will comprise of representatives of Ukraine and self-proclaimed 'republics' of Donbas (ten from each, with the right for decisive vote), Germany, France and the OSCE (one from each, with the right for conciliatory vote).