Ukraine needs direct dialogue with Russia to resolve Donbas conflict – Kuleba.

However, Russia rejects direct dialogue, insisting on talks with the so-called "DPR" and "LPR."



Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba says a direct dialogue with the Russian Federation is needed to resolve the conflict in Donbas, eastern Ukraine.

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"There is one issue that blocks everything. If we solve it, we could move forward. This issue is a direct dialogue," he told Voice of America's Ukrainian language service on July 9.

"Russia insists that we must negotiate exclusively with the so-called ['Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics'] 'DPR' and 'LPR', while we insist that we should have a direct dialogue with the Russian Federation and seek a solution with it. It would be possible to achieve a breakthrough in many issues if we could solve this problem. There is no solution yet, " the minister said.

As UNIAN reported earlier, Russia refused to sign the recommendations agreed by Ukraine, Germany and France for the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) on Donbas settlement.

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