The Ukrainian delegation at the meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council on Thursday, focused on that person, which promotes Russia in the Trilateral contact group in Minsk, are not merely puppets, and the citizens of Russia, said the permanent representative of Ukraine to the international organizations in Vienna Eugene Tsymbalyuk.
“We have noted that Ukraine does not evade its commitments to dialogue with representatives of Donbass. And moreover, recently, I know, implemented a number of initiatives in this field, to have real representatives that truly represented the Donbass. Because the us is trying to impose on the Russian side, are puppets of the Kremlin, those who receive orders. Furthermore, they are citizens of Russia. I mean, how can you say that they can represent the Ukrainian Donbass, if they are Russian citizens? We consider them only as the representatives invited from the Russian Federation in these negotiations. And these are not my words, these are the words of Mr. Reznikov,” he said in comments to the Agency “Interfax-Ukraine” on Friday.
Tsymbalyuk stressed that in order to have full understanding of this, in the framework of this meeting, Ukraine has demonstrated copies of passports of the so-called Ministers of foreign Affairs “DNR” and “LNR” Nikanorovoj and Dana, as well as the so-called head of “DNR” Denis Pushilin.
“There was even not only domestic but also foreign passport. That is a complete set… of the Delegation had the opportunity to verify that in fact those persons, which is imposed on us by Russia to the so-called direct dialogue with Donetsk and Lugansk, this is not a dialogue with Donetsk and Lugansk, it is the same representatives of the Russian Federation, just for this option, Russia will be able to hide and again to say that “we are not there,” he explained.
Tsymbalyuk added that the reaction of other delegations during the meeting confirmed that the Ukrainian position was understood and accepted.
“Actually, it’s not some event that took place simultaneously. If we showed these copies of passports only now, this does not mean that the delegations of European countries, USA, Canada, Switzerland, Norway, Turkey was not known, who is there, who really is the instigator, and who is a party to the conflict. No, all these things were known, just now, the information we provided and documentary evidence of the citizenship of these representatives allowed us to show that, indeed, they are not just puppets and marionettes, and even citizens of Russia”, – said the permanent representative.
He also informed that Ukraine in his speech noted that the Russian side is constantly trying to present the case in such a way that they would like to do with it, “they are not there”, and they are not a party to the conflict, are not a party to the settlement negotiations,
“They want to stand in such a mediator, as the OSCE, like other members of the “Normandy format” to avoid responsibility. Of course, this is not true, and we are dispelling during meetings in the framework of the OSCE”, – he said.
In addition, Tsymbalyuk drew attention to the fact that now Ukraine has taken a number of initiatives regarding the TAG, such as an increased level of presence.
“It is not just about increasing the status level, the number of Ukrainian delegates, we are talking about additional new initiatives. We are committed to the development of the negotiations, the cooperation on several issues, above all on establishing a long ceasefire, further progress from the point of view of determining breeding troops, mine clearance. There are so many things where, unfortunately, progress is now constrained by the Russian side on various occasions. Moreover, they try to accuse us in these moments,” he said.
The diplomat added that when such things happen, the arbitrary interpretation of the reports of the Special monitoring mission to Ukraine (OSCE SMM) from the Russian Federation, the statistics, the Ukrainian delegation intervenes and takes the word, “because these moments of manipulation should be demonstrated and communicated to other delegations to chance, the Russian narrative did not create an additional negative impression.”
Speaking about the OSCE Permanent Council, Zyablyuk explained that the Ukrainian Representation of every week raises the so-called current question “the Aggression that continues, and the illegal occupation of the Crimea.” In addition, almost every week talking about this topic on the Forum on cooperation in security of the OSCE.