Russia supports the plan of restoration of peace in Ukraine proposed by Viktor Medvedchuk, the Chairman of the political council of “Opposition Platform – For Life,” as Borys Gryslov, Plenipotentiary Envoy of Russia to Contact Group on Ukraine, said.
“Only direct talks between Kyiv, Donetsk, and Luhansk might lead to the resolution of inter-Ukrainian conflict. We support the plan of restoration of peace proposed by Viktor Medvedchuk, which fully complies with Minsk Agreements,” Gryslov told the journalists.
He added that “certainly, Ukraine is in a difficult situation.”
“It is important that there is a way out of this situation, a specific plan to improve the situation. This is the implementation of Minsk Agreements, which are supported in the Normandy format, and resolution of the UN Security Council by Kyiv authorities. And the most important thing about the Minsk Agreements is a direct dialogue between Kyiv, Donetsk, and Luhansk,” Gryslov noted.
Medvedchuk, who represents Kyiv in the humanitarian subgroup on Ukraine, proposed to create an autonomous region of Donbas as a part of Ukraine. According to him, this implies the creation of local bodies of public administration, including a parliament and government. Later, Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Office opened a probe against Medvedchuk under the articles on state treason and violation of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine.
Earlier, the political party “Opposition Platform – For Life” held an All-Ukrainian Congress.
"On January 29, during the Congress of “Opposition Platform – For Life”, we have discussed main provisions of this plan, we pointed out that negotiations should form the basis of the plan. As I have said then and I can repeat it now: this is direct talks between Kyiv and Donetsk, Luhansk and Moscow. I do think so, drawing upon the experience of the negotiation process, and I have been dealing with this since May, 2014. Therefore, I believe that such statement might change the situation in terms of a peaceful settlement, if there is a political will from all the sides. Yet, it might appear if it is effective in this quadrangle, through direct negotiations,” Medvedchuk explained.