Kiev accuses Merkel of ceding Ukrainian interests to Russia
KIEV (UrduPoint News / Sputnik – July 16, 2021) German Chancellor Angela Merkel has “somewhat” ceded Ukrainian interests to Russia, said Oleksiy Arestovych, information policy adviser to the Ukrainian delegation to the group on Friday. contact on the Donbass.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy met with Merkel on July 12 to discuss the Donbass conflict, the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which Kiev opposes, as well as reforms and anti-corruption measures.
“Visit [of Zelenskyy to Berlin] proved unsuccessful. This is because Merkel has finally ceded Ukrainian interests somewhat to Russia after seven years of resistance. As far as I know, the Germans call it the protection of national interests, “said Arestovych, broadcast by Ukraina 24.
Zelenskyy and Merkel failed to find common ground on a range of issues, from Nord Stream 2 to the implementation of the Steinmeier formula in Donbass, the official added.
Relations between Moscow and Kiev deteriorated following the conflict in eastern Ukraine and the reunification of Crimea with Russia in 2014. Ukraine has since repeatedly accused Russian authorities of s’ interfere in the internal affairs of the country. Moscow has denied all of these claims, saying Crimea joined Russia after the overwhelming majority of voters on the peninsula backed it in a referendum.