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Solution to Donbas conflict lies in peaceful negotiations, - Landsbergis
18:36, 28 November 2017
Solution to Donbas conflict lies in peaceful negotiations, - Landsbergis

Former Lithuanian leader believes this is the best way to make Russian mercenaries leave the occupied areas of eastern Ukraine

18:36, 28 November 2017

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Peace talks are necessary to make the Russian troops and militants leave the occupied Donbas and Crimea. Vitautas Landsbergis, the former parliamentary speaker and president of Lithuania, said this in his interview with 112 Ukraine TV channel.

‘It is quite possible. For that to happen, Russia needs to return to what is considered common sense. But how do we help? We’ve got to search for proper methods. Ukraine resists, it leads a defensive war against the aggressor’s forces. This should be on the agenda. It's best if the war slowly faded out; that would bring us closer to peace talks with Russia. Ukraine and Russia should be leading negotiations on peace. Peaceful negotiations are a kind of relations. Whenever there are relations, it makes sense to go for talks. But why one needs any relations, when there are no negotiations? In this case, relations are a mere formality: ambassador here, ambassador there… but are they actually negotiating on the behalf of their governments? If not, what they spend their time and money for?’ Landsbergis said.   

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