UA official on "direct talks" on Donbas: Putin willing to repeat Transnistria scenario in Ukraine
Ukrainian Deputy Minister for temporarily occupied territories and internally displaced persons, George Tuka, says Moscow is trying to lure Ukraine into a trap, offering "direct talks" with "LPR" and "DPR" unrecognized organizations in Donbas.
"The goal of the Kremlin is to repeat the scenario of Transnistria in Ukraine. During the meeting with the Moldovan deputy prime minister, I've heard the following: our strategic mistake is that we agreed to direct negotiations with the PMR [Pridnestrovian Moldovan Republic]," he wrote on Facebook.
Read alsoU.S. Envoy to UN: No doubt Russia driving Ukraine conflictAccording to Tuka, Moscow will take a "step aside" as soon as "direct talks" start: "Now go agree with each other."
"By presenting their puppets as a full-fledged negotiating party, the Kremlin will immediately take a position of 'observer and peacemaker,' lifting any responsibility off themselves. Therefore, Kyiv will be forced to deal with 'representatives' who have absolutely no influence," he added.
Earlier, First Deputy Speaker of Ukraine's parliament and Ukrainian envoy to the Trilateral Contact Group's humanitarian subgroup on the Donbas crisis settlement, Iryna Gerashchenko, said she expected complicated negotiations in Minsk scheduled for May 30.