Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called for pressure on Russia to hold a meeting of the Normandy Four (Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany) in order to resolve the situation in Donbass. He stated this following a joint briefing with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. TASS…
Zelensky noted that for a peaceful settlement in Donbass, it is necessary to involve the United States. He said that this issue had not been discussed at a meeting with Merkel, but stressed that he would like to receive help from Washington.
The Ukrainian leader added that the heads of the Normandy Four countries would support his initiative and suggested that this format would be discussed in the course of bilateral talks as well. He announced that he plans to raise the topic of the American presence at the summit with US President Joe Biden.
Earlier, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said that the issue of involving the United States in the settlement in Donbass would be key during negotiations between President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky and American leader Joe Biden. According to the minister, Zelensky’s visit to the White House can change a lot in bringing cooperation between the two sides to a new level in the field of security and strengthening Ukraine’s defense capabilities.
Zelensky said that at the meeting in the “Normandy format” it is necessary to discuss the construction of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline, since it threatens the energy security of Ukraine.
The head of the Ukrainian state stressed that this issue also affects the residents of Donbass, they may not receive gas, which is a question of the security guarantees undertaken by the participants of the “Normandy format”.
Earlier, the press secretary of the President of Ukraine Sergei Nikiforov said that the republic could abandon claims to the Russian gas pipeline in exchange for returning Crimea and Donbass to it.
Nikiforov also noted that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, during a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, will ask her to stop the construction of Nord Stream 2. He noted that the freezing of the project is the maximum program for Zelensky.
Former Ukrainian ambassador to the United States Valeriy Chaly said that in connection with the completion of the construction of the Russian gas pipeline Nord Stream-2, Western partners should provide Ukraine with compensation in the form of arms supplies.
First Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs Vladimir Dzhabarov is sure that Zelensky’s demands to discuss Nord Stream 2 in the Normandy format speaks of its inadequacy. It is reported by RIA News…
Zelensky said that Ukraine supports the project of France and Germany “Key clusters for the implementation of the Minsk agreements.” According to him, these proposals have now been transferred to the Russian side, but so far no response has been received on their acceptance.
On May 19, 2021, Ukraine presented to the Normandy Four a new project of so-called clusters to develop a roadmap for resolving the conflict in Donbass. At the end of last year, Paris and Berlin proposed to disassemble the “Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements” into separate elements (that is, clusters) and agree on each of them. The Franco-German project “Key Clusters for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements” was presented in November. The last Russian amendments to the document arrived in mid-February, and Kiev was expected to react to them.
The new Ukrainian plan is the first documentary registration of Kiev’s position on changing the Minsk agreements. Thus, Ukraine insists that full control over the border with Russia be restored before the local elections in the uncontrolled territories.