Denis Pushilin: Ukraine would like to blame Donbass and Russia for disrupting negotiation process in Minsk (video)
The wording that was enshrined in the law on ‘reintegration’ has been heard since 2014 both in our address and Russia’s, the Permanent Representative of the DPR at the talks of the Contact Group in Minsk, the Chairman of the DPR People’s Council, Denis Pushilin, noted on the air of the Russian TV channel “Russia-24”.
“In fact, nothing has changed for us, except that this law unties Poroshenko’s hands and the Ukrainian armed forces’. Whether they use it or not, the near future will show. Answering the question about whether we should worry, I can say that we are concerned about the behaviour of our neighbour for a long time. We do not expect anything good from Ukraine and we deal with defense issues continuously. We are ready for any development of the events.
Besides, I think this law was adopted more likely in order to attract the dying attention of the international community to Ukraine. This is also, to some extent, an attempt to shift the emphasis for the population of Ukraine, as its internal problems are only growing,” Denis Pushilin said.
According to the speaker of the parliament, the law on ‘reintegration’ is in conflict with the Minsk agreements. Denis Pushilin also added that despite Ukraine’s desire to block the negotiation process, it will not dare to withdraw from it on its own initiative.
“For us, it is not entirely clear how the Ukrainian representatives will continue to conduct negotiations both on the Minsk platform and in the Normandy format. Both here and there, Russia is represented as a guarantor of the implementation of the Minsk agreements, as a full-fledged participant in the Normandy format. We do not understand how we they continue communicating with the “aggressor country”, how to talk with us – because, in fact, according to this law, we are recognized as “occupation administrations”. I did not see any changes in the behaviour of Ukrainian representatives at the negotiations of the Contact Group in Minsk. Our schedule of meetings is painted for a rather long period – for almost half a year.
Ukraine, probably, would be ready to withdraw from the negotiation process, but not through its own fault, but placing this responsibility on Donetsk, Lugansk and Russia. Simply violating these agreements, violating the UN Security Council resolution for Ukraine will be extremely painful, and I think that the West will also not be able to forgive or justify its deed. All that remains for Kiev is the organization of provocations and enhancing of the blockade. The last one they implemented was the disconnection of cellular communication in the People’s Republics.
I want to draw your attention to the fact that while Ukraine is engaged in some fantasy activities, when adopting the law on ‘reintegration’, four million people cannot live in a vacuum, especially for such a long period of time.
In the People’s Republics there are natural development processes. Relations are established at the level of public organizations, social and cultural ties are established. This activity has intensified since the opening of the Russian Center. These processes will only gain momentum. They are understandable to our citizens and are normally perceived in a friendly country – in Russia,” Denis Pushilin concluded.