LIVE: Normandy Four leaders hold joint press conference following summit in Paris
At a meeting of political advisers to the leaders of the Normandy format in Berlin, the parties expressed their unconditional support for the ceasefire in Donbas
KIEV – After several rounds of negotiations at the level of advisers to the leaders of the countries – participants of the Normandy Four – a summit meeting will be prepared. This was stated by the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, commenting on the meeting of political advisers in the Normandy format that took place in Berlin on September 11.
“Meetings in the Normandy format continue. If advisers meet – and I already know the result – it means that a meeting of the leaders of the Normandy format will be planned, ”said President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, his press service reported..
According to the head of the Ukrainian state, the delegations of the Normandy Four countries at the September 11 negotiations did not put an end to many issues. Therefore, there will be another meeting at the level of advisers to the leaders of Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France.
“The most important decision we have today is the observance and extension of the silence regime. Am I one hundred percent satisfied? Not. Were there any combat losses? Yes. But if we are moving towards the implementation of the Minsk agreements, if we are moving towards peace in the east of our country, the first and foremost issue is the observance of the silence regime. This means that our guys will not die, “Volodymyr Zelenskyy stressed..
He noted that there has not been such a long ceasefire in Donbass over the years of the conflict..
In the message of the office of the President of Ukraine, following the meeting in Berlin, it is noted that an agreement was reached to meet in the format of advisers to the leaders of the countries participating in the Normandy Four within the next weeks and to continue discussing the implementation of the Paris agreements and the preparation of the Berlin summit in the Normandy format.
According to the head of the office of the President of Ukraine and a participant in the negotiations, Andriy Yermak, Ukraine will do everything to preserve the truce and prevent it from being disrupted..
“We, like no one else, are interested so that Ukrainian servicemen and civilians no longer die, as happened for six years in a row,” said Andriy Yermak.
One of the main results of the meeting is called unconditional support for the ceasefire regime by all participants in the Normandy format..
“Silence will continue despite attempts to disrupt it. And there were such attempts, and we admit it. Unfortunately, the ceasefire does not suit not only our enemies from the outside, but also inside the country, not everyone needs peace, ”added Andriy Yermak.
The previous meeting at the level of political advisers of the heads of the countries participating in the Normandy format took place on July 3 in Berlin and lasted eleven hours.
Ceasefire – by all means
Based on the results of the meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group on July 22 in the format of a videoconference, it was decided that from 00:01 on July 27, 2020, the regime of a complete and comprehensive ceasefire must be observed..
As reported by the UN News website on September 8, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator of Ukraine Osnat Lubrani called for “at all costs” to maintain the ceasefire in the east of the country. She stated this upon her return from a trip to Donetsk and Lugansk, during which Lubrani became convinced that people in eastern Ukraine are still in dire need of power..
As a result of the armed conflict unleashed by Russia, since 2014, 3,094 servicemen of the Ukrainian government forces have been killed in the Donbas, and almost 12,000 soldiers have been injured. This was stated on July 2, during an online meeting of the OSCE Security Cooperation Forum, Head of the Main Directorate of International Cooperation and Verification of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Leonid Golopatyuk, according to the National News Agency “Ukrinform”.
In a Facebook summary of the press center of the Joint Forces headquarters, it is noted that as of 17:00 on September 14, Russian occupation forces opened indirect fire several times in the area of the settlements of Avdeevka and Maryinka, and in the Pishchevik area they launched a drone across the demarcation line.
According to Pavel Zhovnirenko, Chairman of the Board of the Center for Strategic Studies, the negotiation processes to resolve the conflict in Donbass demonstrate that the situation is stalemate.
“There is no progress. This can be seen in the statements before and after the meeting. Messages were launched about the elections in the occupied territory. But this will not be accepted in Kiev, there are trades on trifles, the ceasefire is generally not respected, and they are trying to push Ukraine all the time into the format of direct negotiations with the DPR-LPR, ”Pavel Zhovnirenko told the Voice of America correspondent.
He believes that any format of negotiations, six years after the start of the conflict, which is based on the Minsk process, is futile..
“Russia brought Dmitry Kozak into the negotiation process in order to implement the project of“ transnistrovization ”of Donbass. There is no integration in this. Ukraine must work in the direction that Russia complies with the norms of international law. But it is impossible to solve such a problem directly, “notes Pavel Zhovnirenko.
Only tough and stifling sanctions – there is no other chance, especially since the world situation is developing in such a way that Donald Trump will not interfere with new sanctions against Russia during the elections, Democrats in the US – also, the EU is the situation with Navalny and Lukashenko, who drowns in blood popular uprising, shows that Russia is far from democracy “, – says Pavel Zhovnirenko.
At least a compromise
Vice President of the Independent Analytical Center for Geopolitical Research
Borisfen Intel Igor Kharchenko believes that the negotiations in the Normandy format demonstrate the desire of the parties to reach at least some kind of compromise.
“There is no talk of a consensus, because it is impossible: Russia has no desire to view Ukraine as an equal partner, and Russia continues to be interested in destabilizing the situation in Ukraine and creating additional opportunities to put pressure on Zelensky,” Igor Kharchenko tells the correspondent of the Russian Service. Voices of America “.
He notes that at this historical stage, the world community is entering a zone of turbulence, a change of political elites. During this period, Igor Kharchenko emphasizes, there is reason to believe that Russia will try to weaken the international coalition of Ukraine’s friends..
“The Kremlin needs this to implement its pragmatic tasks, for this it is necessary to put pressure on the President of Ukraine, who declared himself a peacemaker, to disrupt the conditional ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, to additionally create conditions for aggravation in Donbass,” says Igor Kharchenko.
Russia, the political scientist emphasizes, as part of the hybrid war, launches various information rumors to create political instability within Ukraine..