Viktor Medvedchuk: Kyiv comes up with Plans A, B and others unwilling to implement the Minsk agreements
There is no alternative to the Minsk agreements. The talks of the Kyiv government about any other ways to resolve the conflict in Donbas, about Plan B and the like are nothing more than a PR stunt and an attempt to cover up an open unwillingness to fulfill their obligations within the framework of the Normandy format. This was stated by the chair of the political council of the Opposition Platform – For Life party, MP Viktor Medvedchuk while on Russia-24 channel air.
“The Minsk agreements were validated by the UN Security Council resolution. The Normandy format was produced precisely on the basis of the agreements reached in Minsk, approved in the declaration of the heads of states of the Normandy format, and then in the resolution of the UN Security Council,” Viktor Medvedchuk stressed. For that reason, it is groundless to say that the Minsk agreements have outlived themselves, that it is necessary to look for some new formats. As far as I know, on the contrary [the participants in the Minsk process] have a principled position that the agreements have to be fully implemented.”
The politician recalled that a year ago exactly, on December 9, 2019, the heads of state of the Normandy format signed a communiqué on the recognition of the Minsk agreements and work towards their full implementation.
“It was a year ago. During this time, the Ukrainian government did nothing. Therefore, talks about any alternative to the Minsk agreements, about replacing the participants in the Normandy or Minsk formats are driven by unwillingness to fulfill the agreements reached in 2015 and verified in 2019,” Medvedchuk stressed. “Kyiv is looking for an opportunity to abandon the implementation of the Minsk agreements and pursue a pernicious policy so that peace never comes to Donbas.”
Answering the host’s question about a possible military solution to the Donbas problem by Kyiv, Viktor Medvedchuk said that such a scenario would become suicide for the Ukrainian authorities. In the same way, he questioned whether Kyiv had some kind of Plan B for Donbas.
“There is no plan B, that is impossible. Any plan is subject to approval by those who are going to implement it. That is, Kyiv cannot do anything without the consent of everyone else. Plan B is a primitive PR stunt to get attention, he said. “I am confident they just don’t know what to do.”
According to Medvedchuk, some politicians and far-right forces in Ukraine have an idea to completely abandon the uncontrolled territories. However, he regards this tactic as a crime against both the people who live in Donbas and entire Ukraine.
“Radical nationalists speak on it openly. There are such people in power, but they are afraid to speak explicitly on the abandonment of these territories, fearing criminal liability,” the politician said. Although, in his opinion, the return of Donbas to Ukraine is indeed largely unprofitable for the Kyiv officials. For them, that is a matter of electoral risks, because the inhabitants of the East of Ukraine are unlikely to support the pro-Western politicians who are currently at the helm of the country.
“But giving up these territories and giving up people is treason. It is the kind of treason in which the authorities are trying to accuse the opposition, which calls for peaceful settlement of the conflict, the return of Donbas to Ukraine, and Ukraine to Donbas. At the same time, official Kyiv is inactive, blocks the implementation of the Minsk agreements and does nothing either to release the detainees, or to return Donbas to Ukraine, and Ukraine to Donbas,” Viktor Medvedchuk emphasized.