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Minsk talks on Donbas close to deadlock for Russia's position

The Ukrainian side could not convince Russia to cancel the elections it wants to hold on the occupied territories on November 11
13:44, 17 October 2018

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The talks within TCG are close to a deadlock, and Russian is trying to frozen the conflict, Oleksandr Motsyk, Ukraine’s representative to the sub-working group on political affairs of the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) on settlement of the situation in east Ukraine, said during the discussion “What peacekeeping mission Ukraine needs?” in Kyiv on Wednesday, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

“The 97th round of negotiations was held. Honestly, the situation is close to a deadlock, and it’s all because of Russia’s position…which doesn’t want to follow a normal settlement process in a diplomatic way, and wants to froze the situation existing,” he said.

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Motsyk also said that Russian side in TCG did not agree to cancel the illegal elections in separate districts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

“We could not convince Russia to cancel the elections it wants to hold on the occupied territories on November 11… We also failed to schedule a summit till the end of the year at the meeting of the representatives of the diplomatic advisors from four state leaders,” he told.

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Besides, as he said, the Russian side does not want to create a separate group in TCG on border issues.

The TCG includes the representatives of Ukraine, Russia, and OSCE who hold meetings in Minsk and discuss matters related to the resolution of the conflict in Donbas, including the exchange of hostages. Representatives of the occupied areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions also take part in the work of the subgroup of the TCG. Leonid Kuchma, the second president of Ukraine (1994-2005), represented this country in the TCG until October 2018. The Minsk format talks were initiated after Donbas armed conflict began in 2014.

Related: Minsk Trilateral Contact Group on Donbas to discuss hostages’ release on April 4

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