Ukraine's Foreign Minister names main obstacle to Normandy Format summit

Source : 112 Ukraine

France and Germany emphasize that Russia is a party to the conflict in Donbas, Moscow does not agree
12:26, 22 November 2021

Ukraine's top diplomat Dmytro Kuleba called for broad EU sanctions against Russia

The main reason why the summit of the leaders of the Normandy Four countries cannot take place is the conditions of Russia, which Ukraine categorically does not agree to accept. This was announced by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba on the air of the Ukraine 24 TV channel.

"Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister, strategically does not want the "Normandy format" to work, tactically this is provided by the imposition of unrealistic conditions for Germany, France and Ukraine. In particular, for example, admit that this is a conflict between Ukraine and the so-called "DPR" and "LPR", forget about the role of Russia. In this conflict, Russia has only the role of a mediator in the settlement. This is a basic problem, and if we solve it, we can move forward," Kuleba said.

However, according to him, Russia constantly insists that the progress of negotiations is possible only in the case of a  direct dialogue between Kyiv and representatives of so-called republics.

"France and Germany respond that ... Russia's role as a party to the conflict is fixed, and that this requirement is critically unconstructive," the minister added.

In addition, France and Germany do indeed defend positions that are based on the security of Europe and Ukraine. And the point of view of Berlin and Paris, which they convey to the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry, does not contradict the position of Ukraine.

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