“There is absolutely no result, and most importantly, there cannot be one, because the Ukrainian authorities refuse to follow the path of implementation of the Minsk agreements. And if there is no implementation of Minsk accords, the ultimate goal of which, as stated by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, is to return Donbas under Ukraine’s control under special conditions, then there will be no end to the war and no control over the territory. This is obvious to everyone,” he said.
The parliamentarian also commented on telephone conversations of the foreign ministers of the Normandy Four countries.
“I’m sure that the heads of the foreign affairs agencies would not have called each other for no reason, I hope there was some kind of substantial agenda present. And at least French and German colleagues, I think, put before Kuleba and before all Ukrainian authorities in his person the question about lifting the blockade from Donbas, about the need to implement the Steinmeier formula in the legislation, etc,” Voloshyn emphasized.
In his opinion, it is necessary to exert pressure on official Kyiv in this regard.
“We believe that it is necessary to increase pressure on the Ukrainian authorities, including through attempts to convince, first of all, our parliamentary colleagues from the Servant of the People, without who the implementation of the Minsk Agreements is impossible. The main work lies not on the president and but on the Verkhovna Rada. It’s Verkhovna Rada that will have to vote for the special status of Donbas, for amnesty. And the initiative of the Chairman of the Political Council of Opposition Platform -For Life Party Viktor Medvedchuk and my fellow party members is aimed at creating the Parliamentary Dimension of Normandy format,” Voloshyn added.
Earlier, French Senator Sebastian Moran expressed hope that after the Covid-19 pandemic is over, the parliaments of Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany continue to discuss the initiative of Viktor Medvedchuk about the creation of Parliamentary Dimension of Normandy Format.
Bundestag parliamentarian Robby Schlund also said it was necessary to hold Normandy format meeting in framework of parliamentary dimension after ‘corona crisis’ ends.
Viktor Medvedchuk has consistently advocated the restoration of peace in Donbas. It was he who proposed the idea of inter-parliamentary dialogue in the Normandy format. Medvedchuk also headed the inter-factional parliamentary association in the Verkhovna Rada “Inter-Parliamentary Dialogue for Peace: Ukraine - Russia - Germany – France”. It should help to attract the parliaments of the countries of the Normandy format to resolve the conflict in the Donbas.
The meetings have already been held with MEPs of the European Parliament, French senators, members of the German Bundestag and the State Duma. They al, as well as Russian President Vladimir Putin, assessed positively these peace initiatives.