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Friday, 13 February 2015

Minsk Talks Cannot Result in Ukraine Federalization

by Alexander Mercouris, Russia Insider, 12/2/2015
Russia is not a party to the Ukraine civil war and can not insist on Ukraine federalization. Its goal is to set up conditions that allow constitutional negotiations between the warring parties to take place
Already there is debate about who has "won" and who has "lost" in the Minsk talks.
The short answer is that as the German foreign minister Steinmeier correctly said there is no breakthrough but the Russians and the NAF have made progress.
One point needs to be explained or reiterated (since I have explained it already and many times).
The agreement does not make provision for federalisation or autonomy for the Donbass but still only refers to the grant of a law according the Donbass temporary special status within the Ukraine.
There could not be an agreement for federalisation out of the Minsk negotiations because they are primarily a summit meeting of five powers - Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Germany and France. The Russians have always insisted that this is an internal conflict and civil war within the Ukraine and between Ukrainians and it is for the Ukrainians and them alone to resolve their internal differences between them through negotiations. 
This time Europeans are on board

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