During the meeting of the contact group on settlement in Donbass was signed “formula Steinmeier”. It defines a mechanism to give special status to the breakaway republics in the East of Ukraine. Last month, Kiev prevented the approval of this initiative that jeopardized the carrying out of the summit “channel four”. Vladimir Zelensky has declared that “formula” will be inscribed in the new law on the status of Donbass.
Representative of Kiev in the contact group on settling the situation in the Donbass signed the “formula Steinmeier”, reported RIA “news” an informed source at the talks in Minsk.
“Text “formula” is signed in the form which has been agreed by the contact group. The signatures of all parties: Ukraine, the [self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk people’s] republics, the Russian Federation and the OSCE,” — said the Agency interlocutor.
This information confirmed the Agency informed source in Moscow. However, he said this with the wording “seems to be signed”. According to him, the details will announce later the OSCE representative Martin Sajdik.
A little later, the President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky said that “formula” has yet to register in the new law on the special status of Donbass.
“We responded to the letter of Mr. Sajdik that we align the text “formula Steinmeier”. “Formula Steinmeier” has to be implemented in the new law on the special status”,
— said the Ukrainian leader at the briefing, reports TASS.
According to the envoy of Russia in the contact group on conflict settlement in the East of Ukraine Boris Gryzlov, all the participants at the meeting on 1 October agreed on the implementation of “formula Steinmeier” in Ukrainian legislation.
“So, agreed the enactment of the law on the special status individual regions of Donetsk and Lugansk regions. Managed to overcome the resistance of the Ukrainian delegation that at the last meeting of the Contact group slowed down the signing of this formula,” he said.
Following the meeting of September 18, Gryzlov said that by refusing to sign the “formula Steinmeier”, Kiev threatened to hold a summit “channel four”.
In turn, Minister of foreign Affairs of Ukraine Vadim pristayko agreed that “the law on the special status comes into effect in the previous format at the time of the election, and finally enters into force after the decision” of the OSCE. According to him, access to the election must have all of the Ukrainian parties and the media. In addition, he recalled the position of the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, which is that for elections in uncontrolled Kiev territory of Donbass first it is necessary to create the conditions.
Scan the text “formula Steinmeier” on the morning of 1 October published a former representative of Kiev in the political sub-group on Donbass immortal novel.
“This paper is being prepared on behalf of TKG (the trilateral contact group. — “Газета.Ru”) in Minsk for heads of state “channel format” and served as the so-called “formula Steinmeier”. Pay attention to all involved in the process to the inadmissibility of the adoption of such a document, and even more signing,” wrote the immortal on his Facebook page.
In the capital of Belarus on 1 October, the regular meeting of the contact group on settling the situation in Donbas. Earlier in the day, the press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov said that
this meeting of the contact group needs to clarify the position of Kiev against the “formula Steinmeier”.
“We have heard from Kiev different statements relative to the previous refusal. It was mentioned about a technical error and misunderstanding. So today, of course, everyone expects that will clear up, transformed and whether the previous position of the Ukrainian side confirms whether the Ukrainian side is the departure from previous agreements or, conversely, corrects its confirmation of previous commitments,” Peskov said.
However, he noticed that the possible failure of the Ukrainian authorities to sign the “formula Steinmeier” would hinder the negotiation process on the settlement of the conflict in Ukraine.
In an attempt to find a way out of a situation with blocking of Kiev of the law on granting the Donbass region on a permanent basis a special status, envisaged by the Minsk agreements, the former foreign Minister of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier in 2015, has proposed a specific procedure for its entry into force.
“Formula Steinmeier” defines the mechanism of introduction in action of the law on special order of local government in certain districts of Donetsk and Lugansk regions. On election day it is introduced on a temporary basis, and after the publication of the OSCE report on the election results at all times. This idea was approved at the meeting, “Norman four” in Paris on 2 October 2015.