Photo: Leonid Kuchma / RIA Novosti
Former President Leonid Kuchma terminated his participation in the negotiations on the Donbass in the framework of the Trilateral contact group (TAG). This is stated in the message published on the official website of the office of the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky.
Zelensky said that he highly appreciates the contribution Kuchma to unlock the Minsk negotiation process and believes that he did a lot for peace in the Donbass.
According to the Ukrainian leader, Leonid Kuchma experience was important and necessary, and he will be ready to accept his advice and continue. The report did not specify who initiated Kuchma left the negotiation process.
The President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky was appointed by Kuchma, representative of Kiev on the negotiations of the trilateral contact group on the Donbas June 3, 2019. Kuchma said he was very happy with the appointment. He has headed the Ukrainian delegation in the trilateral contact group, but in September of 2018 left the post because, in his words, reached “critical age” — he was 80 years old.
In the tripartite contact group to resolve the conflict, Kuchma entered in 2014. He was the last of those, whose signature stood under the Minsk agreement and who participated in the negotiation process. The document was signed by OSCE Ambassador in Ukraine Heidi Tagliavini (resigned in June 2015), the Russian Ambassador to Ukraine Mikhail Zurabov (dismissed in July 2016) and heads of the self-proclaimed Luhansk and Donetsk people’s Republic Igor Carpenter (resigned in November 2017) and Alexander Zakharchenko (died in August 2018).
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