Agreement will be required ” finally “ to put an end to the conflict in Ukraine, Vladimir Putin said on Friday, December 9, while expressing doubts about the ” trust “ that Moscow can grant to its interlocutors.
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“In the end, we will have to find an agreement. I have already said several times that we are ready for these arrangements, we are open, but it forces us to think about who we are dealing with.declared the Russian president, on the sidelines of a regional summit in Kyrgyzstan.
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Vladimir Putin was reacting to recent remarks by former German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who considered that the 2014 Minsk agreement between Moscow and Kyiv, signed under the aegis of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), had given Ukraine time to strengthen itself in the event of an armed conflict with Russia.
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“The 2014 Minsk agreement was an attempt to give Ukraine time. She took advantage of it, as we see today. The Ukraine of 2014-2015 is not the Ukraine of today. […] As we saw in early 2015, Putin could have easily crushed him back then”Angela Merkel told the newspaper “Die Zeit”.
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Vladimir Putin said to himself ” disappointed “ by these words. “That obviously raises the issue of trust. And trust is almost at zero and after such statements the question is of course: How to find an agreement? And can we get along with someone? And with what guarantees? »
“Maybe we should have started all this earlier [l’offensive en Ukraine]. But we were actually counting on the possibility of finding an agreement within the framework of the Minsk agreements”he added.