In order to strengthen the negotiating position of Ukraine in the peace talks in Minsk, the Verkhovna Rada should join this process. In addition, the Ukrainian authorities should think about creating a post of profile Vice Prime Minister for the Reintegration of the Donbas in the structure of the Cabinet of Ministers. Vadym Novynskyi, MP, member of the Verkhovna Rada Committee for the Reintegration of the Donbas, made such proposals. The parliamentarian wrote about it in his programmatic article “From the Steinmeier Formula to the Ukrainian Formula of Peace” for the “Facts” publication.
“We all remember the reports of Poroshenko and his diplomats on the agreements in 2014-2015-2016. But after these reports, hostilities began, and as a result there were no specific decisions. The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine should finally join the work. An authorized group of MPs should be created in parliament to participate in negotiations to ensure and implement an agreed Peace Plan,” Vadym Novynskyi considers.
Also, according to him, it is necessary to initiate the creation of an inter-parliamentary format of negotiations in Minsk.
“In such a format, representatives of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, deputies from the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly and lawmakers from the State Duma of the Russian Federation would work together. Representatives of the so-called national assemblies from the unrecognized republics of the Donbas may also be present there as observers. If we are talking about elections, about security guarantees, about the de-internationalization of the conflict and about restoring the border, then without political support it will be practically impossible,” the MP added.
He stressed that in the near future, the Ukrainian authorities should provide for a post of profile Vice Prime Minister for the Reintegration of the Donbas in the structure of the Cabinet of Ministers.
“That is, it should be created an official in the executive branch, who would coordinate the activities of all relevant ministries, working to resolve the issue of returning uncontrolled territories to the Ukrainian legal and economic field. In the process of creating a common humanitarian field, I also see the important role that the Ukrainian Orthodox Church can play – an institution that has not only authority and influence on both sides of the conflict line, but also centuries-old experience in organizing civil dialogue and overcoming the consequences of wars,” Vadym Novynskyi emphasized.