Yevropeyska Pravda (Ukraine): the conversation in Berlin was “not a phone”, and this is an alarming signal — Klimkin

A personal visit to Berlin, Deputy head of the presidential administration Dmitry Kozak, despite the pandemic, shows that the meeting discussed sensitive topics, and this is an alarming signal for Ukraine, said Pavlo Klimkin.

According to him, this visit to Ukraine is “negative history, regardless of whether we’ve been warned about it or not.”

“First, the fact that private telephone connection to negotiations is not enough evidence of the need to discuss sensitive topics. This is very troubling. Moreover, the visit of Kozak was on the background information about e-mail hacking Merkel Russian hackers.

Secondly, Germany can understand exactly what can be the display effect of this visit to Ukraine, and still went for it,” — says Pavlo Klimkin.

Pavlo Klimkin said that Germany was and remains the key to progress in the situation around the Donbass, and the high rating of Angela Merkel as the assessment of its leadership during a pandemic contributes to this. Moreover, the next six months Germany holds the EU presidency and will have an impact on the agenda and, indirectly, the issue of sanctions.

“Fourth, think that the theme of the “Nord stream — 2″ is also not paid attention to, especially ideas on how to circumvent US sanctions. Kozak is one of the most close to Putin and for such discussions appropriate,” — said Klimkin. In his opinion, this can be a signal for Ukraine that should adhere to the format of Normandy and “not get involved” in bilateral contacts.

We will remind, on may 13, the media reported that Deputy head of the Russian presidential administration Dmitry Kozak, in charge of negotiations on the Donbass, the Kremlin, arrived in Berlin to discuss the situation in Eastern Ukraine, allegedly at the invitation of the German side.

The next day the Minister of foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba said that Ukraine knew about this visit and know about how it went, so “no games behind Kiev speech does not go”.