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19.08.2015

Russian Embassy to "Financial Times" on Ukraine

FT Letters Editor

Sir,

  In your editorial (19 August) you shift all the blame for non-implementation of the Minsk-2 agreements onto Russia. Although you admit that Minsk-2 represented a difficult compromise for Kiev. No doubt, peace is better than war, which is precisely Russia’s position. In diplomacy there is a principle pacta sunt servanda – treaties must be implemented. It is here that your position is utterly at fault.

The Minsk-2 does provide not only for precise measures to be taken, but also for their sequence. It is a coherent whole. It is only this way that South-East regions of Ukraine could be sustainably reintegrated into the Ukrainian state, with Ukrainian control restored along the whole length of its border with Russia. It is the only way to make interet d’Etat compatible with the interest of the people on the ground. So, it is about the start of a genuine political process, which requires direct talk between the state and the people and which is to lead to a constitutional reform of substance. That is why a Normandy Four experts’ meeting is to be held in Berlin one of these days to see how the decisions of the Ukrainian authorities compare to the letter and spirit of the Minsk-2.

  As to your second article (by Sam Jones, Neil Buckley and Roman Olearchyk), it follows from the above that Russia has no interest in stirring up tensions, once her interest and that of the people concerned are assured by the agreements. It is very much like Northern Ireland, or rather, 800 years ago when the barons invited the French to ensure King John’s compliance with Magna Carta.

  It also follows that unwilling or unable to implement political paras, Kiev is seeking resumption of hostilities for reasons of domestic politics, regardless of the outcome being very much predictable.

        

 

  Why not live and let live? That is the question. As to the West, why accept uncritically Kiev’s narrative of the conflict? And why connive at someone’s nationalistic prejudices and mythology, which are not innocent at all given the WWII experience?

 

Alexander Novikov

Press office, Russian Embassy 




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