In a communiqué following the talks the us top political leaders, both with Ukrainian and Russian negotiators did not place the phrase “channel format”, although the previous administration always said that the hopes for productive talks in the “Norman Quartet”
The US President Donald trump was found in one day with Minister of foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavel Klimkin and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov. The Ukrainian government at all levels reported on the landslide victory, claiming that the United States wants Russia to implement the Minsk agreements. And in Russia, too, stated that he had discussed the issue of Minsk. Is trump unlike Obama, de facto sacrificed completely at the mercy of Germany and France, the resolution of the conflict in the Donbass, decided to take up the confirmed by a resolution of the UN security Council agreement in person?
“We agreed to establish a working group on the implementation of the Minsk agreements”, — said at a press conference after talks with trump and Tillerson, the Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov. Thus the fact stated on the participation at least at the level of experts of the States in the implementation of Minsk-2.
It is worth noting that regular consultations between the U.S. and Russia concerning settlement of the conflict in the Donbass are not something new. In the period of the Obama administration, the relevant negotiations were conducted by Vladislav Surkov and Victoria Nuland. In fact, the new U.S. administration begins to define the role of the mediator in the negotiations on settlement of the crisis. At the same time on official U.S. participation in the multilateral negotiations on the Donbass can not speak yet. This in particular applies to join the Americans in the “channel four”, which was stated by Minister of foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin.
“The United States in the “channel format” is nothing more than a dream of the Ukrainian authorities. And why Americans formally to join the “channel format”, and so if they can successfully hold consultations at the bilateral level with Russia and Ukraine”, — explained to our interlocutors in the Cabinet.
And the negotiations Klimkin on the expansion of the “Normandy format” has not yet yielded concrete results. According to the press-Secretary of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Ukraine Mariana Betsy, in the course of negotiations the parties discussed the issue of attracting US to the “channel format”.
But while all goes to the fact that there will be people in the new administration, responsible for the negotiations on the Donbass. As explained 112.ua the Director of the Institute for political analysis and international studies Sergey Tolstov, the US plans to appoint a special representative who will be responsible for negotiating a settlement of the crisis in the Donbass. “However, while specific names there’s a man there,” he says.
However, while it is not absolutely clear that changes in the implementation of the Minsk agreements and will move the process of peaceful settlement of the Donbas conflict from the dead point. Yet, despite numerous declarations of loyalty to Minsk, in fact things are there. Do not have even a ceasefire as a first condition for the realization of negotiations.
In a communiqué following the talks the us top political leaders, Ukrainian and Russian negotiators did not place the phrase “channel format”, although the previous administration always said that the hopes for productive talks in the “Norman Quartet.”
However, it is hardly necessary to speak of the death of the “Normandy format”, the more that the President of Russia Vladimir Putin during a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that the work in this direction will be continued after the elections in Germany and France.
“Norman format” will continue its work, and in parallel will be held bilateral consultations involving the United States,” says political analyst Volodymyr Will.
At the same time, his colleague, the Director of the Institute for political analysis and international studies Sergey Tolstov believes that the negotiations in the “Norman format” will not lead to the settlement of the conflict in the Donbas.
“Norman format”, and it is recognized by all its members, are not able to resolve the conflict in the Donbas. That is if there is some aggravation, then they can call each other and talk,” — said the expert.
Still the question remains, how to bring life to the peaceful settlement in the Donbass, how to force all parties to implement the agreement. The United States only represent the strengthening of its activity in the negotiations, however, it seems, a specific roadmap will only be acquired on the basis of the implementation of the Minsk agreements. The talks in the “Normandy format” paused in a few months.