It’s time Kiev started direct talks with the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DPR, LPR) and the parties discussed the implementation of the Minsk accords as equals, head of the Russian Center for Current Politics Alexey Chesnakov said at a round-table conference hosted by TASS.


Alexey Chesnakov


“I assume that the process of the implementation of the Minsk agreements is coming to a point where the parties should sit down at the negotiation table face to face. Ukraine should consider the republics as equals not as enemies, and try to come to terms,” he explained.


According to Chesnakov, Kiev should begin direct talks with Donbass. “The sooner Ukraine realizes it, the greater the opportunity that the Minsk agreements will be implemented,” he stressed.