Ukraine, under no circumstances, will agree to the proposals voiced by Deputy Chief of Staff of the Russian Presidential Executive Office Dmitry Kozak after the last video conference of the advisers to the Normandy Four leaders. This is stated by the Head of the President's Office of Ukraine Andriy Yermak in a letter to the advisers.
According to Yermak, Ukraine got acquainted with Kozak's proposals and states that Russia's refusal to hold subgroup consultations amid a significant escalation of the situation in the conflict zone is an eloquent evidence of its lack of real interest in unswerving compliance with additional measures to strengthen the ceasefire regime dated July 22, 2020.
"Therefore, we are concerned about the approach demonstrated by the Russian side to these important issues, as well as the manipulative nature of the conclusions proposed by Mr. Kozak. Accordingly, under no circumstances can we agree with the proposals contained in his letter of March 19, 2021," Yermak notes.
Earlier, Dmitry Kozak suggested a new procedure of talks of political advisors to the Normandy Four leaders based on the principle of equality of all participants in the process.
Kozak sent letters to his Ukrainian, French and German counterpart and stated in it that "one of the reasons, albeit not a definitive one, of the absence of any progress in achieving practical results in the exhausting Normandy format talks is that they are improperly organized."