Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin, commenting on the results of the meeting on the war situation in the Donetsk area, held in Berlin, Germany, said that Ukraine will only go for a truce if the country completely regains border control and the Novorossia army releases all captured soldiers.
“For me the effective border control was an absolute priority to ensure that OSCE observers are able to exercise fully monitoring and verification, of course, and that we make real progress on the hostages. These issues are key in promoting the bilateral ceasefire,” – announced Klimkin.
Ukrainian authorities, according to the minister, identified “red lines” in their negotiations. “These lines are quite simple and can be summarized as follows: firstly, Ukraine is and should be a united, democratic and European state, and secondly, Ukraine has to go through the integration with European Union,” – RIA Novosti quotes Klimkin.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister also said that on Saturday, August 23, German Chancellor Angela Merkel will visit Kiev. Klimkin expressed hope that the visit would be a manifestation of support by Merkel and Germany of the war in Ukraine.
The Prime Minister of Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) Alexander Zaharchenko told the RIA Novosti news agency on Tuesday, August 19, that Novorossia is ready for talks with the Ukrainian authorities, but does not intend to comply with the ultimatum terms of Kiev.
“We are waiting for offers, but only reasonable offers – we do not lay down our arms and do not ensure the closure of borders. This will never happen and they must stop dreaming of it,”- said Zakharchenko, noting that negotiations can only take place “on an equal footing.”
“Everyone needs to recognize the now established state (DNR). I understand that for them it might be physically impossible or some moral qualities will not allow them to recognize the facts though,”- the Prime Minister said, adding that the authorities of the Donetsk Republic are against the war.