The meeting of the leaders of the “Normandy Four” countries in December 2019 may be the final one on the issue of a peaceful settlement. This opinion was expressed by the MP, member of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on the Donbas Reintegration Vadym Novynskyi.
The parliamentarian recalled that the previous meeting of the leaders of the Normandy Four countries had taken place on December 19, 2016 in Berlin. And the lack of progress in the peace negotiations over the past three years is exclusively related to the position of the previous power.
“Europe saw that the previous president, Petro Poroshenko, was not inclined to resolve the conflict, that war was his agenda. And the confrontation with Russia was his condition for retaining power. Therefore, since then it has not been possible to achieve progress in the negotiations, as there was no reason to hold meaningless meetings in the Normandy format. Today’s actions by the authorities indicate that there is a chance for a change in the situation. An important condition for the effectiveness of the Normandy meeting in Paris in December will be a serious position and specifics from the current president Volodymyr Zelenskyy. It depends on how the Normandy format approaches its logical conclusion, whether this meeting can be the final one before the sustainable achievement of peace,” Vadym Novynskyi emphasized.
According to the MP, for Ukraine it is important in the framework of the Normandy meeting to achieve the signing of a specific document, which will record the agreements and obligations of the parties.
“The meeting can be considered effective if, according to its results, the participants come to a specific document – an agreement, a plan – which will give mutual guarantees for fulfilling earlier obligations to end hostilities, restore the state border of Ukraine and help Ukraine overcome the consequences of the war. The main thing: it must be a binding document. Progress in the Normandy meeting today awaits millions of Ukrainians suffering from war. For all of us, this meeting is important as a chance to establish a sustainable peace and a path to common reconciliation,” Vadym Novynskyi considers.