According to the head of the Ukrainian delegation to the trilateral contact group on resolving the situation in Donbass, the first president of Ukraine, Leonid Kravchuk, “Steinmeier’s formula” must be adopted because it has been approved, among other things, by signatures in the TCG.
The head of the Ukrainian delegation to the trilateral contact group on resolving the situation in Donbass, the first president of Ukraine, Leonid Kravchuk, does not rule out the implementation of the “Steinmeier formula.” He said this on August 4 on the air of the channel “112 Ukraine”.
Kravchuk noted that the “Steinmeier formula” was not discussed at the meeting of the trilateral contact group on August 3.
“I do not exclude that [такой разговор] will be. Never President [Владимир Зеленский], neither diplomats nor officials – we did not abandon the “Steinmeier formula”. Another thing is how to understand it, how to implement it. These are already mechanisms for translating the formula into reality. Here’s how to do it, you have to think, discuss, propose. And the formula itself must be adopted, because it has also been approved by signatures, including in the trilateral contact group, “the politician said.
In 2014, immediately after the annexation of Crimea, Russia launched an armed aggression in eastern Ukraine. The fighting is between the Ukrainian Armed Forces on the one hand and the Russian army and Russian-backed militants who control parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions on the other. Officially, the Russian Federation does not recognize its invasion of Ukraine, despite the facts and evidence presented by Ukraine.
October 1, 2019 members of the trilateral contact group and representatives of certain districts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions gave written consent to approve the text of the “Steinmeier formula”, which provides for the procedure for the entry into force of several clauses of the Minsk agreements regarding local elections in ORDLO. The letter, which was signed by the then head of the Ukrainian delegation to the trilateral contact group Leonid Kuchma, says that Ukraine adopts the text of the wording for the implementation of the “Steinmeier formula” into Ukrainian legislation, disseminated and approved by the diplomatic advisers of the heads of state and government of Ukraine, Germany, France and the Russian Federation.
how said the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, the provisions of the “Steinmeier formula” are that the law on the special status of certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions will come into effect if local elections are held in these areas in accordance with Ukrainian legislation and after the publication of the OSCE report on the compliance of the elections with the organization’s standards.
The consolidation of the “Steinmeier formula” in Ukrainian legislation is fixed in summit communiqué in the Normandy format, which took place in Paris on December 9, 2019.