Kiev could right now include the “Steinmeier formula” in the current legislation, as Berlin insists, but Moscow demands to develop a separate law for it. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories of the Republic Aleksey Reznikov announced this in a conversation with Interfax-Ukraine.
We are talking about the statement of the German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the situation in Donbass on July 12. She reminded Ukraine of the commitments assumed when signing the Minsk Agreements and called on the country’s leadership to put them into practice as soon as possible.
As the minister explained, formally for the implementation of the “formula” of the Verkhovna Rada, it is enough to insert it into the text of the law on the procedure for local self-government in certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. “If this is the only condition, I am sure Ukraine will gladly accept it,” Reznikov said.
He also recalled that Ukraine, before approving the relevant document, is obliged to agree on it within the framework of the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG). At the same time, according to him, such a maneuver does not suit either Russia or the self-proclaimed republics of Donbass – the DPR and LPR. They insist on fixing the “formula” as a separate law.
“The dilemma: either we shouldn’t listen to them, but take and implement the” Steinmeier formula “- then wouldn’t this be considered a violation of the procedures?” – said the Deputy Prime Minister. He also redirected this question to the leaders of other European countries and stressed that he did not see Russia’s desire to fulfill the existing agreements.
Earlier, the adviser of the Ukrainian delegation to the TCG, Oleksiy Arestovich, said that the country’s leadership would never agree to the implementation of the “formula” in its current form. The only condition under which the republic will agree to such a step, he called “very serious guarantees” from the West.
The Steinmeier Formula is a document that defines the mechanism for securing a special status for Donbass. It also regulates the issues of amnesty and the conduct of elections in the territories not controlled by Kiev. The formula partially repeats certain provisions of the Minsk agreements.