Ukraineís ex-president: Minsk agreements allow Russia to avoid consequences of escalation in Donbas
Such format of peace talks suits Russia very well as long as the U.S. is not involved, Viktor Yushchenko says.
ĎTo me, Minsk agreements are part of some Russia-designed plan, which includes tough diplomatic work by third parties, like France and Germany. Itís a way for Russia to avoid serious consequences of escalation in Donbas, at Ukraineís expense. The absence of the United States in this diplomatic format is quite favorable for Russia Ė to them, itís a good opportunity to drop their respective commitments. And the conflict itself is much deeper than it seemsí, Viktor Yushchenko, Ukraineís ex-president (2005-2010), said in an interview with Day