President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky proposed setting up a special group within the Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk in order to organize a gradual return of the control over the Ukrainian-Russian border. Zelensky announced this during the briefing after the Normandy Summit, which was broadcasted by 112 Ukraine TV Channel.
"My position is that regaining control of the border should take place before the elections. Unfortunately, I believe that the biggest defeat for Ukraine in Minsk is the border," the president stated.
He emphasized the need to create a separate group within the Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk, which will deal exclusively with the issue of the gradual restoration of Ukrainian control over the border.
"For Ukraine, the border is a security issue, for Russia – it is a policy. We are hostages of Minsk, but I told him (Vladimir Putin - ed.) that we would not go for it, and he - that he saw no other way out. But then we started talking about it and agreed that we need to talk," Zelensky said.
At the same time, Zelensky does not see the problem in Steinmeier formula and thinks it may be a kind of "compromise for compromise".
As we reported earlier, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel met on December 9 in Paris at the Normandy Summit.