Kravchuk says Ukraine's first PM could join TCG talks

23:00, 31 July 2020
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Leonid Kravchuk / Photo from UNIAN

First Prime Minister of Ukraine (1990-1992) Vitold Fokin could become a new member of the country's delegation to the Trilateral Contact Group on Donbas settlement, says Volodymyr Zelensky's new envoy to the Group, Leonid Kravchuk, who was a first president of Ukraine.

Asked on Channel 24 about possible new faces that could appear on the Ukrainian team, Kravchuk said: "I'm aware that negotiations are underway with someone who is famous in Ukraine. This is Vitold Fokin, he is a man known in Donbas, he had been in the mine since the age of 16. And we would like to have in the group someone whom Donbas people know, so that he can say what the people who live there want strategically, nationally and otherwise."

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According to Kravchuk, members of the delegation are planning to have a meeting soon.

"At 15:00 on Monday, we will convene the whole delegation, we will chat and get to know each other. Everyone will express their opinion, what they see, and how they see things. Because Zelensky has one goal – a pro-active offensive on all issues: political, ideological... This means that we cannot lag behind, that we are interested, that peace should be a reality, not just a word," the politician noted.

As UNIAN reported earlier, a letter was leaked, inked by Deputy Head of Russia's Presidential Administration Dmitry Kozak, where he announced his withdrawal from technical negotiations on Donbas settlement between the advisors to the Normandy Four leaders.

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