Головна сторінка
/
Новини
/

Ukraine threatens to abandon the Minsk Accords

Ukraine threatens to abandon the Minsk Accords

14 May 2019

Ukraine will abandon the Minsk Accords in the event that
Germany, France and other states remove sanctions against Russia in the Council
of Europe, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin told the
eurointegration.com.ua news site in Brussels on May 13. He said he informed EU
diplomats of this decision, telling them, “If you do that, as several countries
would like, I will emerge that day and say that we don’t have the Minsk Accords
anymore. And they were killed not only by Russia, but that you also killed it.”
He said he also told them, “If now – after Russia having begun to distribute
passports – you will take steps on behalf of Russia, then the entire logic of
what we have done so far is completely ruined.”

 

On May 6, French President Emmanuel Macron told Thorbjorn
Jagland, the secretary general of the Council of Europe, that he hopes Russia
will remain in the Council of Europe, as reported by the lefigaro.fr news site
that day. Macron’s position echoed that of the German government, which
reiterated in April that Russia should remain a member. Jagland, who has worked
to find compromise on sanctions with Russia, told the AFP news agency on May 3
that he sees good chances for Russia to remain amid the current negotiations
being conducted between the ministers committee of the Council of Europe and
the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

 

Zenon Zawada: Klimkin’s
threat is hollow on several levels. It’s Ukraine that is ultimately dependent
on the Western powers and is not in the position to make demands or threats.
Instead, Ukrainian diplomats should be making better arguments or offering
better alternatives. Secondly, the Minsk Accords are widely recognized to have
worn out their usefulness, with few people expecting them to be fulfilled for a
few years now. Moreover, the Minsk Accords were intended to benefit Ukraine
more so than the West, yet Klimkin’s threat would imply otherwise.

 

Klimkin’s statement is also irresponsible because the
Poroshenko administration is a lame duck that shouldn’t be making bold
decisions or statements ahead of a transfer in power. So Klimkin’s threat,
which evokes more feelings of pity rather than respect, will have no effect on
the decision of the Western powers, which are moving towards renewing Russia’s
presence in the Council of Europe.

 

In Ukraine’s foreign policy, the Poroshenko
administration’s legacy will be in securing Ukraine’s close, short-term
cooperation with Western authorities in its war against Russian aggression.
This cooperation was not only with Western governments, but especially IFIs.
But the Poroshenko administration failed to form a unified alliance against
Russia for the mid- to long term, having focused dilpomatic efforts on
resolving the war in Donbas (with the Minsk Accords) when this is truly a war
on the Ukrainian state and the post-WW2 global order as a whole.

 

The Poroshenko administration will conclude its
foreign policy legacy having left its successors with the burden of having to
rebuild trust and support among the Europeans, which it eroded in recent years
with its resistance to Western-sponsored reforms, reluctance to build rule of
law and fight corruption, and an inability to make progress in the war in
Donbas. The Zelenskiy foreign policy team will essentially have to start from scratch
in resolving the war in Donbas with the Russians, now that the Minsk Accords
have been discredited and European bodies being less eager to impose more
sanctions on Russia.

Останні новини

News

23

02/2022

Separatists may claim entire territories of two Ukrainian regions

Russia has recognized “all fundamental documents” of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics (DNR...

News

23

02/2022

U.K. to provide USD 500 mln loan guarantee for Ukraine as IMF mission starts

The British government is going to provide up to USD 500 mln in loan guarantees...

News

23

02/2022

MinFin bond auction receipts jump to UAH 3.5 bln

Ukraine’s Finance Ministry raised UAH 3.3 bln and EUR 7.2 mln (the total equivalent of...