It is unlikely that the negotiation format in Minsk for the resolution of the situation in Donbas, in particular that sponsored by the USA will be expanded. Leonid Kuchma, the second president of Ukraine and, until recently, the representative of the country in the Trilateral contact group (TCG) said that as Interfax-Ukraine reports.
‘Do you really think that Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko wouldn’t want the format to be, referring to our Budapest Treaty? He would. But Obama and Russia didn’t want the United States of America to present the three... Of course, we would like Trump to take part (in funding of the negotiation group, - 112 International),’ Kuchma claimed.
‘Those who shout every day from the rostrum that we need another format (of the negotiation group, - 112 International), should just go on and agree with Trump', the former president added.
Also, Kuchma said that 'the resolution of the situation in Donbas 'does not depend on the number of countries participating'.
The TCG includes the representatives of Ukraine, Russia, and OSCE who hold meetings in Minsk and discuss matters related to the resolution of the conflict in Donbas, including the exchange of hostages. Representatives of the occupied areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions also take part in the work of the subgroup of the TCG. Leonid Kuchma, the second president of Ukraine (1994-2005) represented this country in the TCG until October 2018. The Minsk format talks were initiated after teh armed conflict in Donbas began in 2014.