“That is a dream that leads only to war and worse,” Pickering told Sputnik Thursday of comments made by the newly appointed head of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council Oleksandr Turchynov. “A fair deal through Minsk process is better for both sides,” Pickering said.
The Minsk process began in September when representatives from Russia, Ukraine, and the people’s republics of Donetsk and Luhansk met to negotiate a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine. Other elements of that negotiation are included in the Minsk protocol.
Russian President Vladimir Putin stated in his annual press conference Thursday that observing the Minsk protocol remains integral to a peace agreement in Ukraine.