The representative of Ukraine in the Tripartite contact group (TCG), former President Leonid Kravchuk said that the Minsk agreements are not spelled out the special status of Donbass. He declared it on air of TV channel “Ukraine 24”, reports “Interfax”.
According to him, the document contains no mandatory requirements to enter the special status of separate regions of Donetsk and Lugansk regions in Ukraine’s Constitution.
“some, including the Russian side, insist that there is, they say, is written. And we have to prove, needs to sit down and read together, and come to the conclusion,” — said Kravchuk.
Head of the Ukrainian delegation added that the negotiating parties absolutely different interpretations of certain provisions of the Minsk agreements. In addition, for five years after the signing of the document, some of the provisions in it have stopped working or started to work controversial.
July 30, Kravchuk has agreed to lead a delegation to the TAG instead of another former head of state Leonid Kuchma. He opposed special status for the Donbass, but noted that the region can be given “special management system”. Later, he said that Ukraine is ready to make a number of compromises in negotiations — for example, offer to create in the region a free economic zone.
The official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova has offered to meet three former presidents of Ukraine Kravchuk, Kuchma and Petro Poroshenko — and the present, Vladimir Zelensky, “to try to understand what is written in the Minsk agreement”.
The conflict in the Donbass lasts for more than five years. In April 2014, the Ukrainian authorities began a military operation against the Donetsk and Lugansk national republics, which declared independence from Kiev after a coup in the country. The Minsk agreement 2015 include conducting in Ukraine coordinated with representatives of Donbass, constitutional reform, local elections, giving the region a special status.