Expert: recognition of Russia an aggressor may threaten the «channel format»

© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Fedorenkova in fotobanka-Minister of foreign Affairs of Ukraine Konstantin Grishchenko. Archival photoExpert: recognition of Russia an aggressor may threaten the «channel format»© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Fedorenkova the image Bank

Ex-foreign Minister of Ukraine Konstantin Grishchenko believes that the bill on the reintegration of Donbass, where at the legislative level it is proposed to introduce the notion of «aggressor country» in respect of the Russian Federation, raises the question of how it will affect the work of «Norman format», where «Russia stands as one of the parties to find a solution» to the conflict in the region.

Earlier, the representative of the President of Ukraine in the Verkhovna Rada Iryna Lutsenko on air of the Ukrainian channel five said that Russia in the Ukrainian draft law on the reintegration of Donbass will be called the «aggressor». The head of the international Committee of the Federation Council Konstantin Kosachev said that no evidence of aggression by Russia in Kiev, and when there is no evidence that «we have to make laws».

«I think that the main motivation of the authors (the bill – ed.) consists of any political motivation because it was a lot of criticism from different parties on just for the lack of such recognition. But… there is a lot of questions about how it will affect the consideration of important issues within the framework of the Normandy format, where Russia acts as one of participants of search of the solution, not the aggressor,» — said Grishchenko on Monday on air of TV channel «112. Ukraine».

He noted that it is unknown what will be the reaction of Russia and how it will affect the implementation of the Minsk agreements.

In January 2015 the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has accepted the statement in which Russia is called «an aggressor», as Kiev believes that Russia intervenes in the Affairs of Ukraine is a party to the conflict in the Donbass. Evidence of this was provided. The Russian foreign Ministry called the allegations «unsubstantiated public insinuations». Moscow has repeatedly stated that it is not a party to domestic conflict and is not privy to the events in the Donbass, and is interested in Ukraine overcame political and economic crisis.

The Ukrainian authorities in April 2014 began a military operation against the breakaway LC and the DNI, which declared independence after a coup in Ukraine in February 2014. According to the latest UN victims of the conflict were about 10 thousand people. In the framework of the Normandy format meetings and telephone talks at the highest Ministerial and expert levels. The last meeting of leaders «channel four» took place in October 2016 in Berlin, it was agreed that the preparation of the plan for settlement in the Donbass.

Expert: recognition of Russia an aggressor may threaten the «channel format»© RIA Novosti / Vitaly Pedicellate prisoner

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