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    After Minsk: Will Peace Come to Ukraine? (1049)
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    Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko said that Ukraine considered maintaining dialogue with 'illegitimate authorities' of Donbas had no political sense.

    PARIS (Sputnik) — Kiev has no intentions to hold direct talks with 'illegitimate authorities' in self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Luhansk in eastern Ukraine, Deputy Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko said Wednesday.

    "Maintaining dialogue with people who are de-facto field commanders and not even 100 percent Ukrainians does not make any political sense," Prystaiko said after a 'Normandy format' meeting on Ukraine at the level of deputy foreign ministers in the French capital.

    The leaders of Donetsk and Luhansk do not represent people and their decisions are not legitimate from the point of view of people residing on that territory, Prystaiko added, noting that Kiev will get a legitimate negotiation partner only after elections in eastern Ukraine will be carried out.

    "We hope to find a formula, according to which the elections will be conducted," he said.

    Earlier in the day, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin said that Kiev's unwillingness to negotiate with breakaway regions' representatives breaches the attempts to resolve the Ukrainian crisis.

    After Minsk: Will Peace Come to Ukraine? (1049)


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