Ukrainian diplomat Ruslan Demchenko is representing Ukraine at the Trilateral Contact Group in the talks on the settlement of situation in Donbas on Tuesday. This was announced by the first vice-speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Iryna Gerashchenko, as Interfax-Ukraine reports.
"Today there is a meeting of Trilateral Contact Group and working subgroups in Minsk. Today, Ukraine is represented by a diplomat and advisor to President Ruslan Demchenko," Gerashchenko said.
She also noted that the Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko, will later appoint a representative of Ukraine to the TCG after Leonid Kuchma left the post.
"The president of Ukraine will announce the surname, and 100% it will be a patriotic, professional person who will adequately represent Ukraine's position in Minsk," Iryna Gerashchenko added.
Ruslan Demchenko is an advisor to the President of Ukraine and also the ex-representative of Ukraine in the Trilateral Contact Group.
In 2010-2014, Demchenko was Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. In 1992-1996, he was the second secretary of the Ukrainian Embassy to the United States, in 2000-2005 served as the Consul of Ukraine in Istanbul, then the Ambassador of Ukraine to Serbia and Montenegro.
In the late 90's he was the Deputy Chief of the Administration of President Kuchma, headed the Office of the Third President Viktor Yushchenko in 2006-2010.
As it was reported earlier, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia said that the representative of the US Department of State for Ukraine Kurt Volker only in words advocates the Minsk agreements, but in fact "works to destroy them."