Russia’s Foreign Ministry called counterproductive the statement of assistant of Ukraine’s President Andriy Yermak on the possibility of the building of the wall with occupied Donbas in case of the fail of the talks with Russia at the Normandy Summit as Interfax reported citing Andrey Rudenko, the Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia.
“The attempts to speculate on different kinds of the negative scenarios are not likely to be useful on the even of the meeting of leaders in Paris. Such statements are counterproductive and raise the serious questions on the real intentions of Kyiv at the upcoming summit,” he stated.
Rudenko reminded about the main task of Russia at the Normandy Format in Paris – the reaffirmation of the commitment of Kyiv, Donetsk and Luhansk to Minsk Agreements. He underlined that these agreements should remain to be the basis for peace settlement of Donbas Conflict.
Earlier Andriy Yermak stated that Ukraine could go for Plan B in the occupied Donbas and build the wall on the division line with these territories. Such a scenario is possible if Russia refuses from peace during the Normandy summit in Paris.
As we reported earlier, the Normandy format meeting of the countries' leaders is scheduled for December 9 and will be held in the Palais de l'Élysée in Paris. The Office of the President of Ukraine in its turn confirmed that all sides agreed on the date of the Normandy Format summit – December 9, Paris as the office.
However, Kremlin spokesman urges not to overestimate expectations from the Normandy summit. Dmitry Peskov, Press Secretary of the Russian President, reiterated it is necessary to pass a law on the special status of Donbas as part of the Minsk agreements.