Ukraine reaffirms intention to involve US in Donbass – Kiev peace process
MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik – October 09, 2021) Ukraine reiterated the importance of US involvement in negotiations to resolve the conflict in the breakaway Donbass region, the Ukrainian presidency said on Friday.
“Andriy Yermak (…) stressed the importance of the involvement of the United States in the negotiation process for a peaceful resolution in eastern Ukraine,” said the official statement, after ‘a meeting between the head of the Ukrainian presidential office and Robin Dunnigan, deputy under-secretary. for Central and Eastern Europe at the US Department of State.
Dunnigan, in turn, stressed the importance of reforms in Ukraine, including in the fight against corruption, and confirmed Washington’s commitment to support Kiev in this matter, the statement said.
The two officials also discussed cooperation in the energy sector, as well as security concerns related to the launch of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, according to the president’s office.
Yermak further expressed hope that the United States will continue to support the so-called Crimean Platform, an international initiative by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to discuss ways to “reclaim” Crimea after its reunification with Russia. in 2014 following a public referendum.
In April 2014, Ukrainian authorities launched a military operation against the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic and its neighboring Luhansk People’s Republic after proclaiming Ukraine’s independence and refusing to recognize the new central government, which came to power after that. which they saw as a blow.
The resolution of the conflict was discussed in various formats, notably through the so-called Normandy group involving Russia, France, Germany and Ukraine.