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US: ‘Ukrainian formula is very shallow’ - Russian First Deputy to UN about Zelensky’s 10-points proposition06:18

US: ‘Ukrainian formula is very shallow’ - Russian First Deputy to UN about Zelensky’s 10-points proposition

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January 15, 2023 at 21:45 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russia's first deputy representative to the UN, Dmitry Polyanskiy, during an interview on the RT TV channel in New York on Saturday claimed the Ukrainian 'peace formula' to be 'very shallow' one.

"The Ukrainian formula is very shallow as we pointed out yesterday during the security council meeting. It implies the capitulation of Russia and the defeat of Russia. That is peace in Ukrainian way. And of course it ignores the root causes of the conflict that ambassador Nebenzya also highlighted yesterday in the security council. And this is an important part of the equation that can’t be ignored when we speak about possible diplomatic ways to solve the conflict," Polyanskiy said.

He also stressed that the guarantors of the Minsk agreements, France and Germany, ‘were not intending to seek the implementation of the Minsk agreements from Ukraine from the outset’.


"They said it bluntly, Chancellor Merkel and President Hollande acknowledged that this was the reality. This is of course very eye opening and trust breaking situation," Polyanskiy added.

Furthermore, according to Russia's deputy to the UN, a Ukrainian 'peace summit' cannot be held on the UN platform without a resolution of the General Assembly.

"It has certain budget implications which should be decided in General Assembly. If you want to hold a meeting on the sidelines of the UN or somewhere else and call it a summit or label it a summit well you are not forbidden to do so. But you should not really engage in wishful thinking and call it a summit," Polyanskiy noted.

In mid-November, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky proposed a 10-point 'peace formula' at the G20 summit. All-for-all exchange, cessation of hostilities, withdrawal of Russian troops, restoration of Ukraine's territorial integrity, as well as nuclear, food and energy security were among them.

In his turn, Russian presidential spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said on December 28 that there could be no 'peace plan for Ukraine' without recognising Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics, Zaporozhye and Kherson regions as part of the Russian Federation.

On 26 December, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said that Kiev intended to hold a 'peace summit' at the UN by the end of February under the mediation of its secretary-general, Antonio Guterres. According to the politician, Russia will be able to take part in the summit only after an international tribunal.

Earlier, Russia's permanent representative to the UN, Vasily Nebenzya, said that the initiative of the European Commission to set up some kind of tribunal on Ukraine under the UN aegis was an attempt to give legitimacy to the 'lawlessness' against Russia.

Former German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in an interview in early December that 'the 2014 Minsk agreements were an attempt to give time to Ukraine', which had no chance to join NATO at the time. For his part, former French President François Hollande agreed with Merkel's statement in late December, noting that 'the Minsk agreements temporarily stopped the Russian offensive' and Kiev was able to 'strengthen its military position'.

For his part, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on 26 December that 'the collective West has completely discredited itself as a partner both in negotiations and, most importantly, as a partner in the implementation of what is achieved as either political or even legal agreements'.

Moscow launched a military offensive in Ukraine in late February after recognising the independence of the DPR and Lugansk People's Republic (LPR), claiming that Kiev had failed to guarantee their special status under the 2014 Minsk Agreements, and urging Ukraine to declare itself officially neutral and give assurances that it would never join NATO.

Kiev denounced the Russian action as an invasion. President Volodymyr Zelensky imposed martial law throughout the country, announcing a general mobilisation, while the EU and US imposed several rounds of sanctions on Moscow.

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Russia's first deputy representative to the UN, Dmitry Polyanskiy, during an interview on the RT TV channel in New York on Saturday claimed the Ukrainian 'peace formula' to be 'very shallow' one.

"The Ukrainian formula is very shallow as we pointed out yesterday during the security council meeting. It implies the capitulation of Russia and the defeat of Russia. That is peace in Ukrainian way. And of course it ignores the root causes of the conflict that ambassador Nebenzya also highlighted yesterday in the security council. And this is an important part of the equation that can’t be ignored when we speak about possible diplomatic ways to solve the conflict," Polyanskiy said.

He also stressed that the guarantors of the Minsk agreements, France and Germany, ‘were not intending to seek the implementation of the Minsk agreements from Ukraine from the outset’.


"They said it bluntly, Chancellor Merkel and President Hollande acknowledged that this was the reality. This is of course very eye opening and trust breaking situation," Polyanskiy added.

Furthermore, according to Russia's deputy to the UN, a Ukrainian 'peace summit' cannot be held on the UN platform without a resolution of the General Assembly.

"It has certain budget implications which should be decided in General Assembly. If you want to hold a meeting on the sidelines of the UN or somewhere else and call it a summit or label it a summit well you are not forbidden to do so. But you should not really engage in wishful thinking and call it a summit," Polyanskiy noted.

In mid-November, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky proposed a 10-point 'peace formula' at the G20 summit. All-for-all exchange, cessation of hostilities, withdrawal of Russian troops, restoration of Ukraine's territorial integrity, as well as nuclear, food and energy security were among them.

In his turn, Russian presidential spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said on December 28 that there could be no 'peace plan for Ukraine' without recognising Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics, Zaporozhye and Kherson regions as part of the Russian Federation.

On 26 December, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said that Kiev intended to hold a 'peace summit' at the UN by the end of February under the mediation of its secretary-general, Antonio Guterres. According to the politician, Russia will be able to take part in the summit only after an international tribunal.

Earlier, Russia's permanent representative to the UN, Vasily Nebenzya, said that the initiative of the European Commission to set up some kind of tribunal on Ukraine under the UN aegis was an attempt to give legitimacy to the 'lawlessness' against Russia.

Former German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in an interview in early December that 'the 2014 Minsk agreements were an attempt to give time to Ukraine', which had no chance to join NATO at the time. For his part, former French President François Hollande agreed with Merkel's statement in late December, noting that 'the Minsk agreements temporarily stopped the Russian offensive' and Kiev was able to 'strengthen its military position'.

For his part, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on 26 December that 'the collective West has completely discredited itself as a partner both in negotiations and, most importantly, as a partner in the implementation of what is achieved as either political or even legal agreements'.

Moscow launched a military offensive in Ukraine in late February after recognising the independence of the DPR and Lugansk People's Republic (LPR), claiming that Kiev had failed to guarantee their special status under the 2014 Minsk Agreements, and urging Ukraine to declare itself officially neutral and give assurances that it would never join NATO.

Kiev denounced the Russian action as an invasion. President Volodymyr Zelensky imposed martial law throughout the country, announcing a general mobilisation, while the EU and US imposed several rounds of sanctions on Moscow.