“Peace settlement are being discussed not through adviser to Vladimir Putin - Vladislav Surkov, who oversees the Normandy format, but through Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak, who organized the exchange of prisoners and who has contact with Yermak. All negotiations are currently underway through the Kozak-Yermak channel between Kyiv and Moscow, "Sazonov writes with reference to his source.
According to his reports, Kozak directly demanded that Kyiv agree to the "Steinmeier formula", otherwise the Donbas case will not go any further. "Yermak received approval from the Office (president's, - ed.) and agreed, but with a number of conditions. One of such conditions was Kolomoisky’s return to business with Russia and so-called LDNR on exclusive rights. The Russians agreed, for them it’s not a problem, because much more is at stake, "says the political analyst’s interlocutor.
“The constructive atmosphere of the negotiations with the participation of Russia, Ukraine, OSCE and representatives of uncontrolled areas of Donbas during yesterday’s meeting of the contact group in Belarus led to some progress in the implementation of Minsk Agreements. The conditions for entry into force of the future status of Donetsk and Luhansk regions were specified and withdrawal of the forces from three pilot areas was agreed by the side,” the French MFA stated.
France’s diplomats noted that their country welcomes these results of the negotiations on the settlement of Donbas Conflict and believes that currently the conditions are set for the upcoming meeting of the heads of the states and governments in Normandy Format.
On October 1, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky stated that Ukraine reported on the agreement of Steinmeier formula text in response to the letter of OSCE Special Representative in Trilateral Contac Group Martin Sajdik.