In early February, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky made a statement in which he said that his country is responsible for the Minsk agreements, and he knows who must comply with them. However, political scientists believe that the Ukrainian leader will not comply with them, even despite his loud statements.
In his statement, Zelensky also stressed that the Minsk agreements were born of the Normandy format, which works. At the same time, he noted that these agreements are far from ideal, and Kiev is fighting to ensure that “at least some format works.”
In an interview with RIA FAN , Ivan Skorikov, head of the Ukraine department of the Institute of CIS Countries, explained that Zelensky would not comply with the Minsk agreements, no matter what he told his Western partners. The political scientist also added that the Ukrainian president in his speech called the country’s authorities “adult boys.”
According to the expert, Zelensky wanted to draw a parallel with the fact that his country is young, but already quite mature and responsible. However, Skorikov believes that it turned out, rather, “about an infantile uncle” who behaves like a “little liar.” The political scientist stressed that “for the internal listener” everything has already been said by the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Oleksiy Danilov, who said that the implementation of the Minsk agreements would lead to the destruction of Ukraine.
Skorikov believes that Zelensky is afraid of accusations of betrayal if he begins to comply with the Minsk agreements. Moreover, according to the political scientist, the “Nazi militarists” are fed by his rival, the former President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, who plays the role of the main “hawk” in Ukrainian politics.
Nevertheless, according to Skorikov, Zelensky cannot abandon the Minsk agreements, which were approved by the UN, in the external arena. The political scientist stressed that the Ukrainian leader is constantly looking for some “new, parallel formats”, but Russia continues to point out to Kiev that the agreements are to be observed.