Kuleba sees no reason to comment on anonymous reports claiming resumption of cooperation with Russia
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba says he sees no reason to comment on messages appearing on anonymous Telegram channels about the alleged preparations for the resumption of cooperation with Russia, including in the context of air traffic and direct trade deals.
When asked during a TV panel show Pravo na Vladu on Thursday whether the information published on various Telegram channels is true that Head of the President's Office Andriy Yermak is preparing five projects to resume cooperation with the Russian Federation (in particular, restoration of air traffic, appointment of ambassadors, direct trade deals, and direct gas supplies from Russia), Kuleba said: "I don't have Telegram, I don't use Telegram channels, and I don't see any reason to comment on that."
According to him, Ukraine needs two strategies: the strategy of de-occupation of Donbas and the strategy of de-occupation of Crimea.
"There is another strategy that is actually fundamentally important for the success of the first two. This is a strategy to attract investment and revive the Ukrainian industry since a poor economy that's not saturated with money does not create a strong state, and it is very difficult for a weak state to be strong in the international arena," Kuleba said.
According to the minister, "different scenarios can be considered; it is, in fact, the space of diplomacy – to find a compromise, but the ultimate goal is always the same – the restoration of the territorial integrity of Ukraine and the withdrawal of the occupying country from our territory."
"Everything else is subject to negotiations," Kuleba added.