The Chairman of the Political Council of the Opposition Platform - For Life Party, Ukrainian MP Viktor Medvedchuk, during a meeting with members of Bundestag, discussed a “Parliamentary Dimension of the Normandy Format”. He also spoke about the problems Ukraine faces on the way to peace.
“Of course, last year there were two election campaigns in Ukraine - presidential and parliamentarian one. We hoped that the issue of peace, which was the main one in virtually all programs of those who claimed both for the presidency and the parliament’s seat, was not only expressed, but many of them said, promised and realized that the main problem for Ukraine is peace. Moreover, according to all sociological studies of recent years, 70-80% of Ukraine's population, believes that peacemaking in Ukraine, peace in the south-eastern part of the country. is the main problem that needs to be solved. And, indeed, the first steps of the new government, Mr. Zelensky, an elected president, were aimed at establishing, although not very active establishing, of contacts with the Russian Federation in the issues related to studying and exploring the situation in Donbas and changes in what is happening. It took several months, and it was crowned with the success that we expected, and these expectations were very high. I mean the meeting of the Normandy format, which took place in Paris on December 9 last year," the opposition politician said.
“But these expectations, including the expectations of ours and our party and many people in Ukraine who sincerely want peace, want Donbas return to Ukraine, and Ukraine to Donbas since this is the main strategic objective of our plan, remain unfulfilled so far, although it’s been more than a month and a half after the Normandy Four meeting. At the meeting of the Normandy Four, the first face-to-face meeting for almost more than 3 years since 16, a series of solutions were adopted. These solutions may really lead to setting peace in Ukraine today", - Medvedchuk said.
“What was there in the communiqué, signed in Paris on December 9, 19, what did the heads of states of the Normandy Format agree on? First, they agreed that the Minsk agreements are the basis for the Normandy format activities, namely: the protocol signed on September 5, 2015, the memorandum of September 19, 2014, and the set of measures on February 12, 2015. The heads of states of the Normandy Format established that the Minsk agreements, namely the three acts that I have listed, are rigorous for their full implementation (I quote the communiqué on Dec 9). In Paris, it was decided to establish a permanent ceasefire by the end of December 19, as well as to implement the Steinmeier formula, which refers to the establishment of the special status of uncontrolled territories, that is, the territories of Donbas, first on a temporary, and then under certain conditions, which are the content of the Steinmeier formula, on an ongoing basis," he said.
As it was reported earlier, Viktor Medvedchuk, the MP and Chairman of Political Council of the Opposition Platform - For Life party had a meeting with French lawmakers and senators on January 23, where he presented the "Parliamentary dimension of the Normandy Format".