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Direct dialogue needed between Kiev, Donbass – former Russian PM

Baku. Malahat Najafova – APA. Direct dialogue is needed between Kiev and Donbass, said Viktor Zubkov, former prime minister of Russia, chairman of the Board of Directors of Russia’s Gazprom.

He made the remarks at the panel titled “Ukraine as a turning point in regional security” held as part of the 4th Global Baku Forum on March 10.

 

Today, active military operations are not observed in eastern Ukraine, there is neither peace, nor war, according to Zubkov. “For a solution to the conflict, first of all, weapons should be removed. There is still no precise information about it. Political issues are being imitated as well. But nothing is being done. Complex actions should be taken,” he added.

 

The former PM said that Russia has developed compromising actions. “In the first place, Ukraine has to carry out constitutional reforms. Americans and Europeans too have come up with such proposals. But there has been no reaction from Kiev. I think direct dialogue is needed. The actions prescribed in the Minsk agreements have to be taken. The chief of general staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces openly said at the Wales meeting that they were not battling with the Russian army. What else shall we comment on such a statement?,” he stressed.

 

The bipolar world collapsed with the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the Soviet Union disintegrated into 15 independent states, Zubkov said. “Mikhail Gorbachev, who took part in the German reunification and the dissolution of the Soviet Union, has recently celebrated his 85th birth anniversary. He gave the world a new life. When the agreement was signed, he was promised that NATO’s expansion will not affect the boundaries of the Soviet Union. But he was deceived,” the former PM said.

 

 

 

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