Kiev counts on reintegration of Donbass with help from US, Germany, and France


July 14, 2017 – Fort Russ News –

– Sputnik France, translated by Tom Winter –

“Kiev counts on reintegrating Donbass with the help of Washington”

In concert with its key partners, Kiev is drafting a bill on the reintegration of Donbass, Konstantin Elisseyev, deputy head of the administration of the Ukrainian president, told Ukrainian Radio Liberty.

According to Konstantin Elisseyev, the drafting of the document is taking place in consultation with the United States, Germany, and France.

The secretary of the Ukrainian Security and Defense Council, Alexander Turchinov, said on Monday (10 July) that President Petro Poroshenko had ordered consultations on the law with the countries of the Normandy format before submitting it in September, for the consideration of the Rada (Ukrainian parliament).

“In accordance with yesterday’s instruction from the Security and National Defense Council, we are working with our key partners, primarily with the United States, Germany, and France, to coordinate the project. We have already received a heartfelt response from our partners. The work will be continued,” said Mr Elisseyev.

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According to him, the main objective of the draft law is to show that the President’s strategy and policy aim to redress and reintegrate the territories in question through diplomatic and political channels and on the basis of the Minsk agreements.

Yet the Ukrainian President had previously announced a draft law on the reinstatement of the Donbass which considered it an “occupied” territory, and provided for the format of a “military operation.” However, this text has not been published.

Boris Gryzlov, a Russian representative in the contact group on Ukraine, believes that the draft law on the reinstatement of the Donbass constitutes an attempt to create an alternative to the Minsk accords and that it favors the settlement of the conflict by force of weapons to the detriment of a political settlement.

The self-proclaimed republics of Lugansk and Donetsk stated that the settlement of the conflict should be based on the Minsk accords and that any other scenario was unacceptable.

In April 2014, Kiev began a military operation against the republics of Lugansk and Donetsk, which had proclaimed independence after the Ukrainian coup in February 2014. According to the UN it has already caused more than 10,000 deaths.

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