Russia urges Zelensky to negotiate directly with Donbas. Putin to raise the issue at Normandy Four meeting according to Lavrov
At the summit of the Normandy Four in Paris on December 9, Russia will call Kyiv to a direct dialogue with the Donbass.
This statement was made by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at a lecture at the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kyrgyzstan, Russian Interfax reports.
According to him, the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky will have to state in detail, “in what way he himself sees his actions to implement the Minsk agreements.”
Lavrov believes that the basis of the Minsk agreements supposedly provides for direct negotiations between Kyiv, Donetsk and Luhansk, and “their rejection means the rejection of these agreements.”
“We heard statements from the previous administration in Ukraine, from the past regime, that they would never conduct direct negotiations with Donetsk and Luhansk, we heard similar statements from representatives of the new administration of President Zelensky, as well as other statements which not only call into question, but do mean a refusal to fulfill the Minsk agreements,” Lavrov stated.
On November 20, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky announced that such issues as the exchange of prisoners, the ceasefire, border control and the elections in the certain districts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions (ORDLO) would be discussed in Paris.
Earlier, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadim Pristayko said that a short communiqué of the summit in Normandy format had already been drafted.
And German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that it was time for Russia to fulfill its commitments in the Donbass.