Kurt Volker, the Special Envoy for Ukraine's Affairs has not been involved in the negotiations on the settlement of Donbas conflict since he took a unilateral and personal position in this regard. This is the opinion of Viktor Mevdedchuk, the head of the Political Board of 'Opposition Platform - For Life' party.
The pro-Kremlin political figure in Ukraine's political life, Medvedchuk commented on Volker's recent statement, as the diplomat said Russia would not be negotiating on this matter until the presidential campaign in Ukraine is over.
'Mr. Volker sends confusing signals here. He is the one no one talks to for certain reasons - taking into account his stance towards the negotiation process. Mr. Volker was the Envoy of the U.S. Department of the State in the talks with Russian presidential advisor, Mr. Surkov, as they discussed peaceful plans and settlement in Donbas. The last meeting took place last January, and this process has stalled since then, given the personal stance of Mr. Volker who took one side in the negotiation process; he furiously stands for it, which, of course, will not contribute to the normalization of the talks process - or desire to get involved in any negotiations with him', the politician said.
Previously, Volker said Russia took a pause and would not be involved in the talks on solving the ongoing armed conflict in Donbas until the presidential election is over in Ukraine.
As we reported earlier, Viktor Medvedchuk, the politician and the head of 'Ukrainsky Vybir' (Ukrainian Choice) political party faces prosecution in Ukraine. Prosecutor General's Office has opened the case against him under two charges.
'On February 5, Prosecutor General's Office submitted the information about criminal violations committed by Viktor Medvedchuk, as filed by MP Andriy Teteruk (...). Viktor Medvedchuk, the head of the pro-Russian organization 'Ukrainian Choice - The Right of the People' and the Head of the Political Board of 'Opposition Platform-For Life' party made a loud statement during the party convention in Kyiv on January 29. He claimed that there's a need to create the so-called 'autonomous region of Donbas', including the creation of its own parliament and government - and the following legalization of such status in the Constitution of Ukraine. His plan foresees that the autonomous region of Donbas is created in the composition of Ukraine. He believes that such agreements on the status of Donbas may be reached within the Kyiv-Donetsk-Luhansk-Moscow format', Larysa Sargan, the spokeswoman of the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine, wrote.
Medvedchuk is a well-known oligarch, lawyer and the politician famous for his pro-Russian views.