Rejection of negotiations in Minsk will lead to breakdown of diplomatic settlement and destroy relations with Belarus
Even at the time of severe intensification of the conflict in Donbas, Ukrainian officials keep on making irresponsible statements. Speaking on air, Deputy Prime Minister for Reintegration of Temporarily Uncontrolled Territories Oleksii Reznikov announced that Ukraine would no longer come to Minsk for negotiations. Deputy Head of the Ukrainian delegation in the Trilateral Contact Group in an ultimate manner called for the transfer of TCG meetings to another country once the pandemic and quarantine end.
Most recently, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy stressed that Ukraine has chosen the diplomatic path to resolve the conflict and return temporarily uncontrolled territories. Obviously, subordinates disagree with the President. Reznikov and alike provocateurs do everything possible to disrupt the negotiation process, completely destroy the relationship with another major neighbor of Ukraine – Belarus.
Opposition Platform - For Life calls for the Ukrainian authorities to abandon statements that disrupt the negotiation process and destroy relations with neighbors. Today, the key task of the government and all responsible political forces is to prevent the escalation of the conflict, restore the sustainable ceasefire and reduce the tension on the contact line.
We call for the President of Ukraine to clear the Ukrainian delegation in TCG from irresponsible politicians. With their radicalism, they deliberately block the path to the diplomatic settlement of the conflict and only trigger new ones. Ukrainian people are waiting from the authorities peace, responsible foreign policy and partnerships with neighboring countries instead of provocative ultimatums.