It's bad that Medvedchuk doesn't represent Ukraine at negotiations with Russia, - MEPs from UK

Source : 112 Ukraine

Earlier head of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine said President Zelensky does not plan to use Viktor Medvedchuk in negotiations with Russia
17:21, 26 May 2019
Viktor Medvedchuk
The European Parliament considers it a bad situation that the administration of President Zelensky does not plan to involve chairman of the political council of the Opposition Platform - For Life - party Viktor Medvedchuk in negotiations with Russia.

"I think it is very sad that Mr. Medvedchuk has felt that he no longer has the opportunity, does not have the support of President Zelensky as an intermediary between Ukraine and Russia. Because, frankly, in the European Union, in Europe, we expect countries will work towards peace. And we want a dialogue. We want President Zelensky to speak with his neighbors, not to ignore them and not to neglect the opportunity to engage in dialogue and discuss the Donbas problem.
Therefore, this is quite sad, but I think there is a new President, President Zelensky. And he will understand: it is reasonable to use someone who has experience like Mr. Medvedchuk. I think he should come to him and open these channels so that we can have a dialogue. that is necessary today. We should not ignore our neighbors, we should talk to them," said MEP Nathan Gill.

MEP David Coburn also believes that this is a very bad turn of events. "I think that this is a very bad turn of events. It will not help. It would be more beneficial if we had a peaceful solution so that everyone could get peace. This is what Europe is striving for and what satisfies everyone’s interests - Ukraine’s interest, and also Russia's interest. I think it’s necessary to put more effort into making peace. That's what’s in everyone’s interests," said Coburn.

Viktor Medvedchuk, the head of political board of Opposition Platform - For Life party, should not be representing Ukraine as the negotiating party in Ukraine-Russia talks to solve the Donbas conflict. Andriy Bohdan, the head of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine, said that on the air of The Right for Power, a TV show at 1+1 TV channel.  

'We don't see him as a negotiator from our side. If Russia sees him as a negotiator from their side, that's their choice', Bohdan said.

He admitted that neither he, nor president Zelensky ever met or talked to Medvedchuk.

Both Zelensky and the head of his administration called Russia an aggressor country, adding that negotiations with it are necessary to bring the peace in Donbas.

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