Die Welt. For Merkel in Ukraine at stake is much

During the visit, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Berlin «makes it clear that the full implementation of the Minsk agreements, which now marks almost a year and which were to end the war in Ukraine is still very far», the article reads political correspondent of the German newspaper Die Welt Yulia Smirnova.

So, on Monday, the Ukrainian President arrived in Berlin to reassure its European partners that it still adheres to the agreements reached. As stated by Poroshenko during the meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and foreign policy Advisor to French President françois Hollande, «alternatives to the Minsk agreement».

«But it is clear that in reality accomplished only a small part of the decisions taken at the negotiations,» — says Smirnov. «As before, is not achieved for a long period of ceasefire», — said Merkel. Although, as reminds the edition, is one of the conditions «Minsk-2». Poroshenko, in turn, said that Kiev is ready to implement the policy actions only after the full ceasefire. «It is unacceptable that the implementation of the Minsk agreements were implemented solely through unilateral steps,» said Poroshenko.

«The meeting of Poroshenko and Merkel occurs in a period when (…) Russia is trying to shift the blame to Ukraine for failure to implement the Minsk agreements,» Smirnov stressed. Friday ends winter session of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, which, according to the «Minsk-2» was expected to be adopted in the second and third readings of the constitutional reform, but the government was unable to achieve the necessary 300 votes. Therefore, in this situation Poroshenko «it was extremely important to show Merkel that it belongs to the Minsk agreement seriously.» «Highly unlikely that Parliament would confirm a special status for Donetsk and Lugansk. But Poroshenko wants to show in Berlin that constitutional reform is not postponed indefinitely» — said Ukrainian political analyst Volodymyr Fesenko.

But even without this, as discussed later, the list of outstanding items on the «Minsk-2» large. For example, in the Donbass no longer use heavy weapons as it was a year ago, but in many places along the contact line of collision are continuing. The same applies to heavy weapons: although most of it was allotted with the line of contact of the illicit «Minsk-2» weapons still be used in battle. In addition, obstacles are faced by the OSCE observers, and a number of international humanitarian organizations, contrary to the Minsk agreements generally do not have access to the territories controlled by the separatists. Was never conducted an Amnesty for Ukrainian citizens who joined the insurgents, and control of the border was not handed over to Ukraine.

In recent weeks, Smirnov continues, «has greatly increased diplomatic activity around the settlement of the Minsk process». In particular, at the beginning of the new year the Russian representative in the contact group Boris Gryzlov met with President Poroshenko in Kiev, and in mid-January the situation in the East of Ukraine were discussed by the representative of the U.S. state Department , Victoria Nuland, and «gray cardinal» of the Kremlin , Vladislav Surkov. Subsequently, the latter, incidentally, said that this meeting was «something of a brainstorm on finding compromises on the implementation of the Minsk agreement». But at the meetings of the contact group held in Minsk last week, with no trace of compromise, says the author.

Translation InoPressa




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