Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Donetsk People's Republic

Commentary of Natalia Nikonorova regarding the statements of Alexey Reznikov

20 October 2020
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The statements of the deputy head of the Ukrainian delegation at the Minsk negotiating platform, beat the records of absurdity and arrogance previously set by Ukrainian representatives.

Mr. Reznikov, in fact, directly announced that the Minsk agreements do not work and Ukraine is ready to withdraw from the peace process approved by the UN Security Council. Although the Republics, and the mediators represented by the OSCE, and the guarantor countries represented by Russia, Germany and France, from the very beginning proceeded from the fact that the Minsk negotiations are exactly the very platform on which peace should be achieved in Donbass. Therefore, the conclusion definitely suggests itself that the theses voiced by the Ukrainian "reintegration" minister surpassed even the rhetoric of Poroshenko, who was also very fond of telling how he was uncomfortable with the very existence of the Minsk talks.

But the team of "Sluga Naroda" (Servants of the people) goes further - they declare a position that goes against the activities of Zelensky himself, who at the Normandy Four summit personally confirmed the commitment of the Ukrainian state to the Package of Measures and other documents of the Minsk Package. In this regard, a reasonable question arises: should such statements by Mr. Reznikov be qualified as the official position of the Ukrainian president, or has chaos in this country reached such a level that the left hand does not know about the actions of the right one, and the head is completely blind and deaf?

There is no political will in Ukraine to fulfill its obligations under the Minsk agreements in the current form and format, and therefore the representatives of Kiev in Minsk have neither the desire nor the appropriate powers to achieve any mutually agreed decisions and agreements at the Contact Group. In such a situation, the Ukrainian authorities consider it logical not to continue working on the existing agreements, but to offer to sign some new ones, more convenient for the Ukrainian party. Our position on this issue is simple: if Ukraine decides to conclude some Stockholm or any other agreements with someone, this is its right and internal affair. Only now this stormy activity will definitely not concern the Republics - we will go our own way in accordance with our internal agenda.

Finally, we would like to give a piece of advice to those subjects of international relations with which Ukraine wishes to conclude agreements: you need to think very well before trusting the signatory in the person of Kiev, which, after reaching agreements, will delay their implementation for 6 years, and then simply refuse its obligations and leave to sign something new with someone else.