The issue of establishing an Advisory Council within the Tripartite Contact Group for the Settlement of the Donbas Conflict is already impractical.
This was stated by Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories Oleksiy Reznikov in an interview with Ukrinform.
According to the high-ranking official, it is no longer relevant to talk about the possible creation of an Advisory Board.
“There is no response from the German side, from the French side, from the OSCE. Therefore, this question is already impractical. Forgot and go further,” – Reznikov declared.
He informed that consultations and interviews with the candidates who are planned to be involved in the Ukrainian delegation to the TCG as representatives of ORDLO are almost over.
“Maybe 8, maybe 16 (participants – ed.). Depending on the agenda. We have 4 working groups. The question is not in quantity, but in quality,” said the Deputy Prime Minister.
He also commented on the possibility of resuming consultations with the signatories of the Budapest Memorandum. This possibility was indeed discussed during the meeting of the Ukrainian delegation with German colleagues.
“We voiced a lot in Berlin. However, Germany is not a party to this memorandum, so this is not exactly the platform. But during consultations with German colleagues, we talked about a potential partnership with the United States, Great Britain, and other countries of the civilized world … Russia’s position, which committed an act of armed aggression against Ukraine, is clear. I am talking about the need to start consultations with our allies,” the Deputy Prime Minister summed up.
We will remind, earlier information on the creation of the Advisory council in Minsk caused a very ambiguous reaction in Ukraine. Many politicians and public figures called it an attempt to give subjectivity to Russian puppets from the occupied territories of Donbas. Instead, Russia would no longer be a party to the conflict, but only an observer.
On June 2, in Berlin, the Ukrainian delegation informed its German counterparts that the next talks in Minsk would involve representatives of ORDLO, including Ukrainian citizens – internally displaced persons who may represent Donetsk and Luhansk regions.