SIMFEROPOL, March 6 – RIA Novosti. Deputy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation, head of the Russia-Donbass integration committee Andrei Kozenko demanded that ex-President of Ukraine Leonid Kravchuk clarify his words about “radical steps” towards Russia, which sound like an ultimatum and a threat of war.
Earlier, the head of the Kiev delegation to the trilateral contact group on Donbass, Leonid Kravchuk, threatened Russia with “radical steps” if it does not recognize itself as a party to the conflict in Donbass. He added that the Ukrainian side will not allow Russia “to act as it wants.” “Kravchuk should clarify his words, which sound like an ultimatum, a threat to Russia's security and war. Such things should not remain without reaction,” Kozenko told RIA Novosti …
At the same time, according to him, if under the radical measures that Kravchuk speaks about, one must understand the threat from Ukraine of the resumption of full-scale hostilities in the Donbass, then to the Minsk agreements, as well as, in principle, to any agreements, this has no otnosheniya. It is said on the air “Ukraine's attempts to sit on two chairs at once – and to fight in the Donbass, and formally participate in negotiations, supposedly seeking to resolve the conflict – this was and remains the main and only strategy of Kiev. It will not lead to anything good, in I agree with Kravchuk on this, “said Kozenko.
According to him, first, Ukraine needs to decide whether it wants war and the destruction of the Russian-speaking population of Donbass, or is it still ready to compromise for the sake of peace. “Only in the second case, we can talk about further negotiations. At the same time, I want to emphasize, before of all, you will still have to comply with the requirements of the Minsk agreements and fulfill the obligations that Kiev has undertaken, and not abandon them for far-fetched reasons, “the deputy said.
Relations between Moscow and Kiev have deteriorated against the background of the situation in Donbass. The Ukrainian authorities have previously repeatedly accused Russia of interfering in the country's internal affairs. In January 2015, the Verkhovna Rada adopted a statement in which the Russian Federation is called an “aggressor country”. Russia denies the accusations of the Ukrainian side and calls them unacceptable. Moscow has repeatedly stated that it is not a party to the internal Ukrainian conflict and is interested in Kiev overcoming the political and economic crisis.
In April 2014, the Ukrainian authorities launched a military operation against the self-proclaimed LPR and DPR, which declared independence after the coup d'etat in Ukraine in February 2014. According to the latest UN data, about 13 thousand people became victims of the conflict. The issue of resolving the situation in Donbass is being discussed, including during the meetings in Minsk of the contact group, which since September 2014 has already adopted three documents regulating steps to de-escalate the conflict. However, even after the armistice agreements between the parties to the conflict, shootings continue.