Normandy Summit: Prystaiko names "red lines" for Ukraine
Ukraine insists that negotiations in the Normandy format, set to be held on December 9, should in no case lead to concessions in a number of directions, Minister of Foreign Affairs Vadym Prystaiko told reporters in London.
He explained that there was nothing new in the approach as the so-called "red lines" had been defined some time ago, he said, according to Europeiska Pravda.
"The president has already spoken about these red lines and nothing has changed," the minister added. "For us, the red line is amendments to the Constitution. Also, the red lines mean that we will not allow influence on our foreign policy priorities; the border [in the territory of Donbas now beyond government control] should be Ukrainian; elections cannot be held while armed people and illegal armed groups are there, and so on."
He also separately emphasized Ukraine's requirement regarding regaining control along the Ukrainian-Russian border in the occupied parts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
"Various options could be discussed – for example, joint control with the OSCE. But still, there should be control over the border," he stressed.
The minister also said that the principal position of Ukraine authorities is no direct negotiations between Ukraine and the self-proclaimed "authorities" in the occupied territories.
"This is also one of the red lines that President Zelensky has already spoken about," he added.
As UNIAN reported, Prystaiko is on a working visit to London on December 3-4 to hold bilateral meetings with NATO ministers and those of partner states, as well as participate in the NATO Engages conference, held on the sidelines of the NATO meeting.