Zelensky: Ukraine ready to change status of Donbas, but not course towards joining NATO

Source : 112 Ukraine

The President of Ukraine noted that the article on the country's membership in NATO is not mentioned either in the Minsk agreements or in the negotiations in the Normandy format
19:47, 20 December 2020

President Zelensky

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said that Ukraine is not ready to cancel the course of NATO membership enshrined in the Constitution, but it can change the Basic Law on the status of Donbas. He said this in an interview with The New York Times, the text of which is published on the website of the head of state.

“There is nothing written in the Minsk agreements on NATO membership, in the Normandy format there is nothing about NATO membership. Regarding changes to the Constitution in the direction of decentralization, we say: this is in line with the Minsk agreements, we are ready for this. As regarding changes in the Constitution that we sometimes hear about in the media space of the Russian Federation - here they know my position, I told Putin directly that I do not agree on this," the president said.

In his opinion, all the changes envisaged by the Minsk deal within the framework of decentralization in the Constitution are currently being implemented in the country.

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"I said this to the President of the Russian Federation at Normandy format meeting. We will do this, no matter what. We want people on the ground to have more powers, more choice, so that they manage money, and not receive tasks from the central government. We are doing this anyway. If we want more preferences for Donbas in this direction, such compromises can be implemented - these are normal compromises, the war will not end without compromises, I understand that," Zelensky added.

At the same time, he stressed that there must be logic and result in all compromises.

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