The Minsk agreements signed in 2015 were a concession for Russia. This was stated by the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky to the French newspaper Le Figaro.
“The Minsk agreements, seen as a way to calm the situation, were in fact a concession to Russia,” Zelensky said.
The Ukrainian leader added that there was a “deliberate mistake” in the Minsk agreements – they did not include the Crimean issue. “When I asked the Europeans when we were going to raise this issue, they said not here and not now. <…> I could never talk about Crimea in Normandy,” Zelensky said.
In 2015, the Minsk agreements between the Russian Federation and Ukraine were concluded at a summit in the capital of Belarus by the leaders of Germany, France, Ukraine and Russia. Their goal was to resolve the conflict between Kyiv and the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics.
Earlier, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky during the G20 summit in Indonesia rejected the Minsk agreements with the Russian Federation, calling for the adoption of the “Kyiv Security Treaty”. He stated that a return to them is excluded.