Ukraine may withdraw from Minsk agreements, - Prystaiko

Source : 112 Ukraine

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister expressed uncertainty whether sanctions could still play a deterrent role
18:00, 14 November 2019

Vadym Prystaiko, the Foreign Minister of Ukraine

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko said Ukraine could withdraw from Minsk agreements if the Normandy Format meeting would not bring the results.

He said this in an interview for BBC News Ukraine.

“If we see that this process goes on indefinitely. This is a very unpopular statement and our Western partners will probably not like it again. However, Minsk is not an inherent value for us. The inherent value for us is our survival as a nation. And if we see that they do not work and this leads us to permanent delays in the endless process, sooner or later the decision to leave the Minsk process will be made,” Prystaiko said.

According to him, leaving the Minsk process could lead to the lifting of sanctions against Russia by the West.

“The difficult balancing between understanding and feeling the sentiment and whether sanctions can still play a deterrent role, or whether we need to leave Minsk after all and seek peace in some other way is the responsibility of the head of state, government and of all society,” Prystaiko said.

The Foreign Minister added that Kyiv had several possible options except for Minsk. In particular, it is a peacekeeping mission.

Prystaiko said that Ukraine would agree for peacekeepers to be “on the line between Ukraine and Russia.”

Earlier, the head of Holos (The Voice) faction, Serhiy Rakhmani said he believed that if Ukraine fully implements the Minsk agreements, the country would suffer multibillion-dollar losses for the economy. The politician expressed his conviction that no one will help the country solve these problems if the Minsk agreements are implemented.

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