“Now there’s a chance”: the diplomat made the Outlook for Donbass

''Сейчас есть шансы'': дипломат сделал прогноз по Донбассу

The placement of the UN peacekeeping mission in the Donbass may be the subject of negotiations of the newly elected President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky and the head of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin.

This forecast is broadcast ObozTV voiced Ukrainian diplomat and social activist Vadym Triukhan. According to him, Putin had in principle agreed to deploy peacekeepers directly on the front line. And now, after the change of power in Ukraine, there were chances for negotiations.

Triukhan noticed that among the priority issues Zelensky called a ceasefire in the Donbass.

“I do not exclude that he, his team and the Ukrainian diplomacy after the change of Minister will look into the options of the tools that will ensure the ceasefire on the line of collision. And here comes to the fore even an old idea of Vladimir Putin, who in principle agreed to place a peacekeeping mission directly in the line of confrontation,” he said.

The diplomat said that then it was about the “blue helmets” of the UN.

“The only problem is whether the peacekeepers exclusively on the line of collision, or will have developed a road map for the gradual accommodation of the mission in all the temporarily occupied territory of Donbass with the yield on the border with Russia”, – he said.

Triukhan believes that the parties will face intense and difficult negotiations.

“But now there is a chance. After Ukraine changed the power. After all, Vladimir Putin said that Poroshenko he would not speak. Accordingly, who else would have won with him he will talk. At least the dialogue will start, a window of opportunity,” the expert said.

In his opinion, a wonderful option – if the mission will begin with the line of collision and then reaches the Russian border. “Then the chances for resolution will increase significantly,” – said the Triukhan.

If the consent in this matter will not be achieved, the diplomat sees the only solution to the delay in time and another achievement of the Minsk agreements.

“In fact, you will have to freeze the conflict. As we see now in Transnistria, Nagorno Karabakh, South Ossetia and Abkhazia”, – he explained.

According to the Deputy Minister on the issues of the temporarily occupied territories of Yuriy Hrymchak, the introduction of peacekeepers will need 3 to 6 months. Thus the possible date of the meeting, “Norman Quartet” called on 6 June 2019.

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