Oleh Voloshyn, MP of Ukraine from the Opposition Platform - For Life, said that the Ukrainian government had taken a course towards non-fulfillment of the Minsk agreements, as 112 Ukraine TV channel reports.
The MP commented on the statement of Oleksandr Merezhko on the attitude of the European Union to the Minsk agreements.
"Mr. Merezhko is a respected internationalist, professor, teacher. All the more surprising is his assessment of the statement of the European Union, which refers specifically to Donbas and the peace talks on Donbas, that the allegedly declared duty phrase that the EU stands for the territorial integrity of Ukraine and sees the Minsk agreements as a tool to ensure the territorial integrity of Ukraine, which supposedly means that the Minsk agreements will not be implemented until Russia not only ensures the restoration of territorial integrity in the context of Donbas but also returns Crimea ... Everyone understands since 2014, that these are two completely different problems," the politician noted.
According to him, the restoration of the territorial integrity of Ukraine in the context of Crimea is not directly related to a peaceful settlement in Donbas. Voloshyn explained that now there are no negotiating platforms to discuss this issue. Therefore, the statement of the head of the foreign policy committee that Ukraine should interpret the fact that "the EU allegedly demands that Russia also return Crimea, which means that the Ukrainian authorities are coming up with an excuse not to fulfill the Minsk agreements."
"Making it clear that even if tomorrow everything, as it is written in the paragraphs: along the line of demarcation, hostilities will stop, illegal armed groups will be withdrawn, conditions will be created for holding elections in uncontrolled territories, that these elections will take place, Ukraine will gain control over the border, and then let's also return Crimea. This is a completely separate question. If Ukraine does not fulfill its obligations, and most of the obligations are our homework, which we must do here. If we condition this by giving us more guarantees that the next step will be return of Crimea, it means we simply do not want to fulfill the Minsk agreements," the MP added.
In support of the authorities' unwillingness to comply with the Minsk agreements, Voloshyn recalled an article by the Minister for the Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine Aleksey Reznikov, where he directly called for a revision of the Minsk agreements.
"We see Reznikov's article, we see a resolution on local elections where the Ukrainian parliament unilaterally interprets on what conditions local elections can take place. This should have been a subject of negotiations, discussed with representatives of Russia, the uncontrolled territories. Instead, the VR itself took and wrote that local elections in these territories can be held exclusively, and there is a whole list of conditions that are not directly stipulated by the Minsk agreements. This suggests that the Ukrainian government has taken a course not only on quiet non-compliance with the Minsk agreements, as they did under Poroshenko: in words that we are in favor, that there is no other alternative to them (the Minsk agreements - ed.). But on the other hand, they do nothing to fulfill them," Voloshyn noted.
According to him, "this leads to one thing: there will be no peace in the Donbas, the territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions will not return to us, and what to say about Crimea is another question."