Kuchma: Russia suggests redrawing Ukraine border in east
Former Ukrainian President and Ukrainian representative to the Trilateral Contact Group on Donbas in Minsk Leonid Kuchma says Russia actually wants to create a new border along the contact line in Donbas, according to Ukrayinska Pravda.
"The United States has proposed 29 paragraphs [to the UN draft resolution on peacekeepers in Donbas], Russia is ready to accept three of them, and they say that 'three is better than zero'. It is zero, actually, because the main issue is - and Ukraine's position should be unchanged - that a peacekeeping mission must be deployed throughout the territory of Ukraine['s Donbas], including the Russian-Ukrainian border!" Kuchma told journalists in Kyiv, commenting on therecent talks between Russian presidential aide Vladislav Surkov and U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker in Belgrade, Ukrayinska Pravda reports.
"And what Russia proposes on the contact line is to make a new border with Ukraine, and to make something like Transnistria, a frozen conflict once again. But it will be something much worse than Transnistria, because Transnistria has no borders with Russia. And here, we have a 420 km long border section, which we don't control at all – what will it be like then?" Kuchma said.
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"I do not see the prospects for the solution of the Ukrainian-Russian conflict today. There are no chances to achieve peace in this region of Ukraine by such moves," Kuchma said.
Concerning the prisoner exchange with Donbas militants, Kuchma said that if this happens this year, it will be great news for their families.
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