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Tass.ru: The Foreign Minister of Ukraine spoke about the three options for developing the situation in the Donbass
The Foreign Minister of Ukraine Vadim Prystayko said on the ICTV channel that he sees three scenarios for the development of the situation in the Donbass region – to negotiate under the Minsk agreements, to drag on the situation in time or “to never return to this part of Ukraine. ”
“Three options can be drawn up. I can see at least three. [First -] let’s try to reach an agreement in the unfair process we entered into many years ago (Minsk Agreements – TASS). The second tactic is to stretch everything indefinitely in time until they kill our soldiers and until the people on the other side of the line finally start to hate us and never after that, bring them back. Or the third option is to never go back to that part of Ukraine, ” said the minister.
According to him, “now the President of Ukraine and the whole team are still trying to finish what our predecessors have started, starting with Minsk.” Pristayko also noted that if Minsk is not fulfilled, it may be necessary that we reach out to the international community by saying “we probably need a peacekeeping mission between us, and the rest of the occupied territory.”
The Steinmeier Formula
At the last meeting of the Contact Group on the Regulation of the Situation in Eastern Ukraine on 1 October, a timetable for the separation was agreed and at the same time the parties approved the “Steinmeier formula” for granting special status to Donbass.
The agreement to establish three pilot security zones – in the village of Lugansk, Zolotoy and Petrovsky – was reached in September 2016. In the autumn of the same year, it was completed in Zolotoy and Petrovsky, but over time the Ukrainian troops again occupied these territories.
Following the protests in Kiev, the Russian media began to provide a tribune to senior representatives of Zelensky’s team in an effort to help them argue the merits of adherence to the Minsk Agreements as the only sensible avenue. This thesis is once again shared by the Ukrainian Foreign Minister who presents the three options, the two extremely bad and unacceptable, so that the public can accept the lesser evil first option – the Minsk agreements.
However, there are some caveats.
First, although the previous authorities in Ukraine were part of the Flemish format negotiations, they deliberately did not sign the Steinmeier formula precisely because, as its author, the current German president, pointed out, it needed adaptation. It is in order to take into account and manage the real security risks in Ukraine.
There is talk of coordinated efforts between Macron and Merkel to close the East Ukrainian file, thus removing sanctions and leaving Crimea in Russian hands.