Pushilin answers Obama: NATO worse than useless in Donbass

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“it would be better if the US president had addressed his appeal to Poroshenko…”

Sputnik Italy, April 23, 2016

Translated from Italian by Tom Winter, April 26, 2016

NATO can only worsen the situation in the Donbass, said Denis Pushilin, the envoy of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) in Minsk. According to him, the Minsk agreements must be respected.

The self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) can not see how NATO could help resolve the conflict in the Donbass, but on the contrary, Atlantic Alliance interference could only exacerbate the escalation, the envoy of the DNR, Dennis Pushilin, told reporters in Minsk.

Friday, after a meeting with Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron, US President Barack Obama had supported the need to continue the NATO funding to fulfill “foreign commitments from Afghanistan to the Aegean Sea.”

“We need to resolve the conflict in Ukraine and to support our allies, who are worried about the Russian aggression,” he said in a comment posted on the site of the Obama White House.

“I look with favor on the possible variations to resolve the conflict, but the basic document regulating the resolution of the crisis is the “road map” that has not only received support in the “Normandy format,” but is consistent with the decisions of the United Nations Security Council. As a result we have to stick to the complex of measures, which was signed on February 12 two years ago. Any exceptions may only lead to the worsening of the situation. I do not see how NATO can assist. NATO would only exasperate the situation,” said Pushilin.

He added that it would be better if the US president had addressed his appeal to Poroshenko as to the volition to resolve the conflict. Pushilin also emphasized that, given the desire and the political will, Kiev could resolve the conflict in a few weeks.

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