Despite the change of power, Ukraine’s position on the resolution of Donbas conflict remains unchanged. The key is the security block of agreements, said the first vice-speaker of the Verkhovna Rada, the representative of Ukraine in the humanitarian subgroup of the Tripartite Contact Group Iryna Gerashchenko on her Facebook page.
She noted that pressure from Russia is increasing, while international organizations are striving to “reset”, but only through concessions from the Ukrainian side.
“Putin makes boorish statements about the Russian citizenship of all Ukrainians. His traditional KGB tactic is to raise the stakes and escalate the situation, creating crises before important meetings. He is preparing an unfavorable backdrop for the first dialogue with the newly elected president. Nothing new or unexpected,” she said.
“The EU, the USA, the OSCE and other international organizations have great expectations, they say, new opportunities are opening up. Also, there is nothing unexpected. Everyone understands that Poroshenko would continue to follow his line in negotiations with Putin and with the world. And they expect Ukrainian neophyte can change tactics, and perhaps it will be possible to achieve at least some progress in Donbas. Everyone wants to overload. This is expected and not bad. The danger of this approach is palpable. It rattled during special debates at the UN Security Council, where Russia and Putin were almost shamefully ignored," said Gerashchenko.
The response from the Ukrainian side should be clear and unambiguous, she said, and include the sequential implementation of all points of the Minsk agreements.
Vladimir Putin proposed to introduce general citizenship for residents of Russia and Ukraine. He stated this, commenting on the words of Volodymyr Zelensky about the readiness to provide Ukrainian citizenship to Russians, reports Gazeta.ru.
“I have said many times that Ukrainians and Russians are fraternal peoples and even more. I generally think that they are one nation ... and if we have general citizenship, both Russians and Ukrainians will benefit from this,” he said.
“This suggests that we will agree, probably because we have a lot in common,” Putin stressed, assessing Zelensky’s statement. He also expressed confidence that common citizenship would make both countries "stronger and more successful."