This was stated by the Co-Chairman of the OPPOSITION BLOC Yuriy Boyko, commenting on the results of the meeting of the heads of the foreign ministries of Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France in the “Normandy format”.
“I believe that the very fact of the “Normandy format” meeting is already a good sign and evidence that the process is not blocked. We consider the political and diplomatic way the only way to stop the bloodshed in the east of Ukraine, to ensure the territorial integrity of the country and the unity of the Ukrainian people,” the opposition politician said.
At the same time, Yuriy Boyko noted that the position of the OPPOSITION BLOC on the resolution of the military conflict in the east of the country had not changed. “We believe that today we need direct negotiations between Ukraine, the Russian Federation and the unrecognized republics in order to stop the war and move on to the political process of settling the conflict. And the fact that ministers of Ukraine and the Russian Foreign already communicate with each other today is a good signal. But we must go further. After all, the whole country wants peace,” he stressed.
According to the MP, the OPPOSITION BLOC supports all the efforts of the international community aimed at implementing the Minsk agreements. “First of all, this is to ensure a sustainable ceasefire in the Donbass, the cultivation of heavy weapons and the introduction of a peacekeeping mission under auspices of the United Nations into the region. At the same time, we express concern that during the four years of the conflict, it has not been possible to reach an agreed settlement formula. So far, no peace plan has been adopted that would provide a broad compromise and be supported by all parties to the conflict. Ukraine pays an exorbitant price for every day of the war. Therefore, it is necessary to take political decisions today, because every day there are new victims and destruction, which must be stopped,” Yuriy Boyko said.