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Foreign Ministry on Kozak's letter: It's too early to talk about destruction of Normandy format

Source : 112 Ukraine

Ukraine's Foreign Minister Kuleba noted that Ukraine is taking all measures to fulfill the agreements
21:00, 31 July 2020

Ukraine's Minister of Foreign Affairs Dmytro Kuleba
AP

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine sees no reason to talk about the destruction of the "Normandy format" because of a letter from Dmitry Kozak, deputy head of the presidential administration of Russian Federation, in which he proposed to abandon the negotiations on Donbas at the level of advisers. Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba stated this at an online briefing.

“Of course, I am aware of this situation and was aware even before it appeared in the media. There are many emotions, many attempts to strengthen its position in the negotiation process. Ukraine is fundamentally disposed to preserve the Normandy format, to continue the functioning of the Minsk process. We will deeply regret if Russian steps are aimed at destroying these efforts. But it is too early to talk about it," Kuleba said.

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The Minister noted that unprecedented activity in the "Normandy format" has been carried out recently, the presidential advisers have worked extremely intensively, and the decision to cease fire was an important result.

"Ukraine is taking all measures to fulfill the agreements. If Russia also fulfills them, this will allow maintaining a stable ceasefire ... We will not retreat from ours, we will be active and offensive to withdraw the occupying Russian troops," the Minister added.

The official also added that now everything is in the hands of the Russian side.

As we reported before, Russia did not abandon the negotiation process that aims to solve Donbas conflict.

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