Ukraine is not ready for dialogue with Russia and the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DPR, LPR), said Pyotr Tolstoy, ahead of the Russian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE PA).
After meeting with the Ukrainian delegation members at OSCE PA winter session, Tolstoy, deputy speaker of Duma, said that “OSCE PA Secretary General Mr. Montella took me over to meet the head of the Ukrainian delegation, we exchanged a few words but our Ukrainian counterparts chose to operate propaganda clich·s. All in all, no dialogue is possible for now.”
“Unfortunately, we can see that the current Kiev regime is not ready for dialogue with Donbass as well, it is not ready to speak with the DPR and LPR. It seems, only time can make our Ukrainian counterparts change their stance,” Tolstoy said in an interview with the Rossiya 24 TV channel.
PHOTO: Funeral of a solider killed in Ukrainian conflict.
Nearly 10,000 people have been killed and more than 20,000 injured since the Ukraine conflict outbreak in April 2014, UN source.