Contents tagged with Prystaiko

  • Ukrainian Foreign Minister: Kyiv is ready for 'reasonable compromise' on Donbas

    Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko said that the Ukrainian side expects real progress in settlement of the conflict in the Donbas after the Normandy Four meeting.

    During a joint briefing with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas in Kyiv, Prystaiko said that "We [Ukraine] hope that at this meeting we will achieve the real progress that we have expected since at least 2016, when the last Normandy Four meeting was held."

    Prystaiko said that the Ukrainian delegation will go to the Normandy …

  • Ukrainian Foreign Minster: Zelensky and Putin unlikely to meet in Kazakhstan

    Nursultan Nazarbayev did in fact offer to help Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky arrange a meeting with Vladimir Putin, but it was an offer without specifics, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko told BBC in a comment.

    Prystaiko explained that he was present at the meeting between Nazarbayev and Zelensky in Japan, where the matter was discussed. According to the foreign minister, the former president of Kazakhstan made a “general offer to help organize such a meeting”, which was …

  • Ukrainian Foreign Minister: EU to keep sanctions against Russia

    Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko stated that the European Union's sanctions against Russia could not be lifted until Russia fulfills its part of the Minsk agreements.

    "We have a consensus with European Foreign Ministers that sanctions cannot be lifted if Russia does not fulfill its part of the Minsk agreements," wrote Prystaiko on Twitter.

    Prystaiko also noted that the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry asked to strengthen sanctions because of the recent so-called "elections" in the Russian- …

  • Ukrainian Foreign Minister explains failure to withdraw troops in Donbas

    The Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko, in an interview with Ukrinform, provided the reasons for the failure to withdraw forces in the Donbas.

    Prystaiko admitted that in Ukrainian society withdrawal of the troops deeper into Ukraine is perceived as a retreat. "To move away deeper into our territory is painful," he said. The Minister noted that now it is "a hot topic that causes a lot of emotions" in Ukraine.

    "The Ukrainian Armed Forces were withdrawing, but the Ukrainian government, …

  • Kyiv: Ukraine is preparing another prisoner swap with Russia

    Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko said that Ukraine is in a crucial stage of preparing an exchange of three groups of prisoners with Russia, reports Radio Liberty.

    "This process is at a crucial stage. But I can't report either how many people or the dates of the exchange," said Prystaiko.

    Prystaiko added that he does not talk about the dates and number of citizens for exchange because, in such a process, any word can "play a dramatic role," not in favor of the prisoners. Answering …

  • Ukrainian President Zelensky holds telephone conversation with Merkel

    Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnyk said that the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky had a phone conversation with the German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

    "Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and German Chancellor Angela Merkel held the fifth telephone conversation. There is an extremely friendly, trusting personal contact between the two leaders, and it is our most powerful political weapon for the restoration of the territorial integrity of Ukraine," said Melnyk.

    The Ukrainian …

  • Ukrainian Foreign Minister: Russia reluctant to meet in Normandy Format

    Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko believes that the only reason there has not yet been a Normandy Format summit is that Russia is unwilling.

    “Feeling that the pressure is intensifying, that Ukraine is making real steps, Russia is forced to look for more and more new reasons not to hold this meeting. I currently don’t see any interest in the meeting, at least, this meeting is being postponed further and further. At first we heard Putin’s technical inability to come, although the date …

  • Ukrainian Foreign Minister: Kyiv prepared to ease trade blockade and resume pensions in Donbas

    Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko said in an interview with Evropeyska Pravda that Ukraine is prepared to start paying pensions again in the Russia-occupied Donetsk and Luhansk provinces. According to him, this is part of the “Zelensky formula”, which aims to mentally bring the inhabitants of the Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics (LPR and DPR) back to Ukraine.

    “We will resume the payment of pensions. We have resumed payment for the services that we provide, that is, they pay us …

  • Ukrainian Foreign Minister: Trump did not pressure Ukrainian President Zelensky to investigate Biden's son

    Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko in an interview to Hromadske TV channel denied that ,during a telephone conversation, US President Donald Trump pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Joe Biden’s son. According to him, Ukraine is being drawn into the confrontation between Republicans and Democrats.

    "Those people who are involved in the Ukrainian-American relations, understand that we have always tried to appreciate the help from both parties. This help has …

  • Ukrainian Foreign Minister: President Zelensky wants to achieve real progress in Donbas in six months

    In an interview with the German newspaper Die Welt, when asked what to expect from the upcoming Normandy Format summit and if there are new ideas on how to put an end to the war, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Prystaiko said: “Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky wants to achieve real progress over the next six months.”

    However, he emphasized that a resolution cannot be achieved by handing over Ukrainian territories.

    The Foreign Minister said that the West must continue to put pressure on …