The format of the negotiations with
the Russian Federation can only be the one launched in Geneva. "Our allies
are the United States of America, the European Union, the
G7 states. The aggressor country is the Russian Federation. Therefore, the only
acceptable format is Geneva, the U.S., the EU, Ukraine and Russia ", -
said Arseniy Yatsenyuk in an interview with Ukrainian television channels on
Friday, August 22.
In order to prepare this format and
to reach certain understanding, the Prime Minister considers necessary “to hold
any negotiations, to use every chance and every opportunity to resolve this
conflict": "We must stop the war. We should stop Russia".
Answering a question about the
forthcoming talks in Minsk with the participation of Russian President,
Arseniy Yatsenyuk stated: "My mind understands we need these talks. But my
heart cannot understand how to sit at the negotiation table with them [the
Russian side - ed.]. So let me use here a rather cold
and pragmatic approach - it is vital to use every tool and method to stop the
Russian military aggression".
He stressed that the Ukrainian side
had prepared a package of requirements. Task number one, according to the Head
of the Government, is to regain control of the border: "This will enable
us to regain control over our territories."
"The Russian officials must
cease supplies of weapons, which is directly connected with the restoring of
control over the border; withdraw their GRU[Main Intelligence Directorate], FSB
[Federal Security Service] officers and other agents who penetrated into the
Ukraine, neither yesterday nor the day before - they have been planning this
operation for decades," said Arseniy Yatsenyuk.
"You can be certain that Russia
planned this aggression just after the Orange Revolution of 2004, because
Vladimir Putin felt threat personally for himself and his regime," he
The PM emphasized that it is hard for Ukraine
to overcome the Russian military aggression on its own: "Therefore, we must
determine who is for us and who is against us. Russia is against us. Not the
Russian country, but the Russian state, which has a nuclear button, which is
not a member of G8 anymore, but a member of a great club of nuclear states,
which is heavily armed".