May 15, 2020
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Klimkin: Kozak's visit to Berlin is a negative story for Ukraine

The story of the unannounced visit to Germany of the deputy head of the presidential administration Dmitry Kozak is negative for Ukraine. This opinion 14 on May was expressed on Facebook by the former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavel Klimkin.

"Kozak’s visit to Berlin is a negative story for us, regardless of whether we were warned about it or not. It’s our own fault that something happens through our heads: when our press partners find out what is happening on the settlement track, in particular, on the idea of ​​creating the so-called advisory council, is to put it mildly, “not inspiring,” he wrote.

Ex-Minister also listed "serious obs oyatelstva "on this issue.

" The very fact that the phone is closed due to the negotiations is not enough evidence of the need to discuss sensitive topics. This is very worrying. Moreover, Kozak’s trip took place against the background of information about hacking e-mail [канцлера ФРГ Ангелы] Merkel by Russian hackers, "Klimkin noted.

Also, according to him," Germany clearly understood what could be the media effect of this visit to Ukraine, and all the same went for it. "

" Perhaps this is a signal to Ukraine to adhere to the Norman format and not to get carried away with bilateral contacts. ... It was Germany that was and remains today the key to advancement in the situation around Donbass. Merkel's high rating as an assessment of her pandemic management contributes to this. Do not forget that for the next six months, Germany will chair the EU, that is, it will have an impact on the agenda and indirectly on the discussion of the issue of sanctions, "Klimkin explained.

He believes that attention they did not bypass the topic of the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline and the options for circumventing the US sanctions related to this.

"In general, the picture is unsympathetic for us," the ex-Foreign Minister summed up Ukraine. 1162778084069546

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Kozak’s trip to Germany was not announced, representatives of Ukraine, France and other members of the “Norman Four” were not consulted.

Kozak claims that he communicated with Merkel went constructively.

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmitry Kuleba said that the Ukrainian side had known in advance about Kozak’s visit to Berlin and would know how this visit went.

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