Deputy chief of Ukraine delegation to the TCG stands against the participation of Russian-controlled militants in settlement negotiations.
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The Ukrainian delegation to the Trilateral Contact Group for Donbas Settlement in Minsk is not supposed to coordinate with their Russian counterparts participation of the invited internally displaced persons, that's according to first deputy head of the Ukrainian delegation, Vice Prime Minister Oleksiy Reznikov.
"We aren't supposed to coordinate anything with anyone. They don't coordinate with us when they bring someone in. It is the sovereign right of the delegation to determine who will be part of it," Reznikov told Donbas News.
Vice PM emphasized that the Ukrainian side seeks to destroy the monopoly on the participation of members of the unrecognized "DPR" and "LPR" formations, who are subordinate to Russia, as invited representatives of the "certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions".
When asked who has been inviting separatists to TCG meetings, Reznikov said it was the OSCE.
"They are invited by the OSCE. They believe that they have the right to represent territories, but I don't think so. We don't think so," stressed Reznikov.
The deputy chief of the Ukraine delegation has recalled that President Volodymyr Zelensky has repeatedly stated the need to discuss settlement and consult with all residents of Donbas, "who live there as hostages today," as well as those who have fled in connection with the conflict.
As UNIAN reported earlier, the President's Office stated that from May 14, IDPs would be invited to attend TCG meetings as representatives of the occupied territories of Donbas.