Ukraine refuses to hold talks in Minsk: Head of delegation offers to move negotiations to Poland

Source : 112 Ukraine

Leonid Kravchuk doubts Russia will accept such move, but still insists on doing so
15:02, 7 April 2021

The head of the Ukrainian delegation to the Trilateral Contact Group on Donbas Leonid Kravchuk

Peace talks to solve Donbas conflict should be taking place in a neutral and democratic country, and Belarus is not an option now. Leonid Kravchuk, the head of the Ukrainian delegation in Minsk talks group said so as quoted by RBC-Ukraine.

"(...) I'd choose Poland. There will be no questions here. We haven't always been quite friendly with Poland, but there were good times, too. There were a lot of problems - on teh border, and not just there. So no one will say Poland is a loyal friend of Ukraine. That would be fine", he said. 

At that, Kravchuk doubts Russia will accept such move. "I think Russia will not approve it. It needs representatives of the occupied Donbas to participate in the talks, and it will be complicated to move these people across our border. But there's no other way; we will never agree on Minsk. If Minsk remains, I will resign the day after that", the official said.

Related: One should shoot in return when fired upon, - Kravchuk

Earlier, Oleksiy Reznikov, the Vice Prime Minister for reintegration of Donbas claimed that the Ukrainian delegation in the Trilateral Contact Group will not send its representatives for consultations in Minsk, if there is an offer to host the talks there after the quarantine is over.

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