Nadia Savchenko: Why I negotiated with Russian-backed separatists

Author : Nadiya Savchenko

Source : 112 Ukraine

"I will meet as many times as necessary, with those who need. Even with the Satan," - Ukrainian MP on her talks with Zakharchenko and Plotnitsky from DPR/LPR
14:10, 13 December 2016

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A particular service has access to a certain level of confidence. So be sure that Security Service (SBU) operates reliably, Ukrainians must not be afraid of anything. I cooperate with the SBU in the legal framework defined by law, as a people's deputy of Ukraine.

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Petro Poroshenko is not Ukrainian enemy. He, like all of us, wants our boys to come back from the captivity, all our political prisoners turn back from Russia. I am sure that the president at his level does his best to make everything as soon as possible.

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Are you cold now? In a while, you would go home, just like me, and get warm. But you cannot go home, when you are but into Luhansk, Donetsk or Russian prison. So we must do everything possible, each of us, every Ukrainian to take our heroes home. Even if it have to talk with those who shelled us.

Regarding the meeting in Minsk. Yes, there was a trilateral meeting in Minsk format, with the presence of the Russian side and the presence of Zakharchenko and Plotnitsky from "DPR" and "LPR". The meeting is intended to strengthen the Minsk format and make it more efficient. I am grateful to all the people who have made this effort and who want to gains some result. People need to come back to their homes, the war must end. People, Ukraine, and peace - that's what we need now.

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I did not inform "Batkivshchyna" because each MP, regardless of party or of anything is chosen by the people. I promised the people coming out of prison, that I will fight even with devil. So, I sat at the negotiating table with people with whom we were shooting each other. And I did not saw something demonic in them, because if I did, we could not conduct any negotiations. I talked to people... and then hang labels "terrorists", "killers", "separatists"... If we want to reach peace, we have to start talking.

I went there with a Ukrainian passport. I travel with a diplomatic passport only in those trips, which sends me Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.

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These meetings are not secret, they are working. You do not care that tractor drivers are out of fuel, and they need to negotiate. You are only interested in political scandals. There is no scandal here, it is our everyday work.

Ask those bloggers and politicians who criticize me, what they have done to bring our boys back home? If they have the right to throw the first stone at me, let them throw.

The meeting was effective. Everyone can do this certain steps.

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I will meet as many times as necessary, with those who need. Even with the Satan. By the way, I am keeping my word. I said that I would meet with the devil, and I did it. But I see no devils there.

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