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Ukraine’s ex-president: Minsk agreements allow Russia to avoid consequences of escalation in Donbas

Source : 112 Ukraine

Such format of peace talks suits Russia very well as long as the U.S. is not involved, Viktor Yushchenko says
14:32, 17 August 2016

gazprom.ru

‘To me, Minsk agreements are part of some Russia-designed plan, which includes tough diplomatic work by third parties, like France and Germany. It’s a way for Russia to avoid serious consequences of escalation in Donbas, at Ukraine’s expense. The absence of the United States in this diplomatic format is quite favorable for Russia – to them, it’s a good opportunity to drop their respective commitments. And the conflict itself is much deeper than it seems’, Viktor Yushchenko, Ukraine’s ex-president (2005-2010), said in an interview with Day newspaper.   

Source: Day

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