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"G7 should be involved in Minsk talks", - ex-president Kravchuk on air of Pulse TV show

Ukraine's first president also suggests excluding the militants of the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics from the Minsk process
20:13, 28 May 2019

Leonid Kravchuk, the first President of Ukraine
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It is necessary to involve G7 states to the negotiations in Minsk on the settlement of the situation in Donbas. Ukraine should be presented by top officials from the Foreign Ministry, as the first President of Ukraine Leonid Kravchuk said on air of Pulse political talk show.

“Minsk format should be renewed – players who have strong international power in Europe and in the world should be involved, G7 should be involved mostly to make Minsk format decide. It does not make decisions now. The decisions which it makes are not complete in international terms neither in legal nor in international. Because the decision of Minsk format cannot be submitted for the ratification of any state, they are incomplete,” he explained.

Related: Zelensky, new SBU management meet with Ukrainian delegation to Minsk talks group

At the same time, Kravchuk stressed that the representatives of the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics should be excluded from the Minsk process: “What are doing there? Who do they represent? They were involved under Russia’s request.”

As it was reported, France and Germany confirmed the intention to hold a meeting in “Normandy format” after elections in Ukraine is over.

Related: UN Secretary-General urges Russia to fulfill Minsk Agreements

Leonid Kravchuk is the first leader of Ukraine, who headed the state in 1991 when it gained independence from the USSR. He served in this office until 1994, succeeded by his former Prime Minister Leonid Kuchma.
Kravchuk also held the post of the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada and the member of the Parliament serving in the Social Democratic Party of Ukraine (united) faction.

Related: Moscow will not support current Zelensky’s standing on Minsk agreement

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