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Poroshenko criticizes populist promises to rapidly end Donbas war

Source : 112 Ukraine

Ukraine’s leader expressed the opinion that peace should be established on the basis of the national interests of Ukraine
15:49, 24 January 2019

Presidential Administration press office

A lot of people promise to establish peace in Ukraine. But these are the populist promises, as presidential press service reported citing speech of President Petro Poroshenko during the Ukrainian Breakfast in Davos.

"Many still do not draw conclusions and like to say that peace is around the corner. This is another populist promise: peace is around the corner; it is enough to knock on Putin's door, ask for peace and get it right away. But instead of peace, an aggressor is at hand," the President said.

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He emphasized that peace should be established only on the basis of the national interests, on the basis of international law, only with the return of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.

"We will bring peace if Russia returns to the situation of 2013. The keys to peace, unfortunately, are not in Kyiv, Brussels, Ottawa or Washington. The keys to peace are in Moscow. We must use every instrument at our disposal to make Putin sit at the negotiating table. Just as we did in 2014 and 2015 during the signing of the Minsk agreements," Poroshenko noted.

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Earlier Petro Poroshenko stated that Ukraine is urged to find a compromise with the aggressor, but peace is possible only under Russian conditions. And the questions of sovereignty, territorial integrity cannot be the subject of the compromise.

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