Denis Pushilin: Kiev impedes negotiation process as expected

Chairman of the DPR People’s Council, Permanent Representative of the DPR at the talks of the Contact Group in Minsk, in an interview with the correspondent of the official website of the Donetsk People’s Republic, shared his prediction about how the results of the meeting of Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump on July 16 will influence the process of resolving the conflict in the Donbass.

“After taking any strategic decisions, it takes time for all this to go down the vertical and was presented in the form of projects, tasks or introductory notes. Too little time has passed yet, so I think that the upcoming meeting will not be very different from the previous one. Some small technical issues will be solved, we have learned to work in such a framework. One way or another we manage to agree on security guarantees in certain areas, it is possible to move forward on the issue of the Vodafone operator’s work, work is under way to approach the next exchange of prisoners,” the DPR envoy said.

Resolution of the issues of political settlement, as well as the disengagement of forces and facilities, according to Pushilin, are still blocked by the Ukrainian party. He stated that at the meetings of the Contact Group, Ukraine continues to sabotage the work, while the destructive position of Kiev is already visible to the guarantor countries of the Minsk agreements.

“It’s one thing to understand, the other is to sound publicly and be found guilty, including yourself. Germany and France are involved in the coup d’état that took place in Kiev. And if now they openly admit the guilt of Ukraine, they will lay it on themselves. Therefore, they stray away from such rhetoric and try to support Ukraine in every possible way, being perfectly aware that it is no longer possible to ‘shield’ it in this or that situation. Ukraine now is ballast. We saw at the talks of Putin and Trump that Ukraine is withdrawn from the agenda and is mentioned only casually. Most likely, Europe will follow the same path,” Denis Pushilin said.

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