Zelensky: Special Status of Donbas Should be Extended for Only One Year

Zelensky said that it should not be extended for a longer term at this time


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In the follow up of the meeting of the leaders of the Normandy Four, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stated that the Law regulating Special Status of Donbas should be extended for another year so that the Steinmeier formula could be incorporated in the text, a Ukrinform correspondent reported.

“This is a very complicated technical solution. It is easier for us now to extend this law and then introduce the Steinmeier formula, seeing certain steps on that part that we are approaching de-escalation, rather than to wait until the law expires. […] Therefore, I think we should extend,” Zelensky said.

In this context, he added tha,t according to the Minsk agreements, the new bill on special status should be agreed with all parties of the Trilateral Contact Group.

Zelensky also said that when discussing this issue at the meeting of the leaders of the Normandy countrie,s he was asked why the law should be extended for one year, not five or ten years.

“I answered honestly that we don’t know what could happen in five or ten years, while one year is a good option,” Zelensky said.

Source Ukrinform
date 10.12.2019
categories Politics
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