Putin prefers talks with Merkel and Hollande as they are easy going

Author : Anton Herashchenko

Source : 112 Ukraine

He knows that US would constrain him - Herashchenko, Ukrainian MP
20:06, 31 August 2015

Anton Herashchenko, MP, "Narodnyi Front", in his exclusive interview with 112 channel spoke on negotiations between international leaders concerning Minsk agreements, Donbas war, and the role of Europe in solving the conflict. 

Herashchenko supposes that Putin’s negotiating with leaders of Germany and France plays to his advantage. “Putin does not want to solve the problem in other formats than the Minsk. He refuses to participate in common negotiations with the Americans knowing that they will make some psychological and physical pressure on him. Therefore, he prefers the format when the leader of Germany Merkel and French leader Hollande take part. He thinks that it’s much easier to negotiate to them,” said Ukrainian MP. He also stated that some 90% of EU (Germany, France, and UK) support Ukraine.

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Despite Russia does not follow the Minsk agreements, for Ukraine this is an essential reason not to violate it.  Anton Herashchenko says that Ukraine in terms of military services and economy is a weak country. If there were no support from the Western countries, moral and financial one, Ukraine “would be enslaved by Putin long time ago. Therefore, to have the positive relationships with our Western partners, we have to fulfill the Minsk Agreement”. There is safety in numbers and one man is not a warrior, he adds.

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