Poroshenko: the road to peace is a long one, but the hope remains

There's no confidence in implementation of the Minsk agreement, but the hope remains for a de-escalation of the conflict.

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko made the statement during a visit to the National Guard training center in Novi Petrivtsi village near Kyiv on Friday, an Ukrinform correspondent reported.

"I don't want anyone to have any illusions, and so I will not make the impression as a naive man. Peace is far away from us. And nobody has the firm belief that the peace terms that were sealed in Minsk will be firmly implemented," he said.

At the same time, according to Poroshenko, "peculiarity of yesterday's agreement is that the talks weren't held within the framework of trilateral contact group, but personally by President of Ukraine, President of France, Chancellor of Germany with Russian President Putin."

"And the hope remains that from now on everything will be done in de-escalation, ceasefire, and withdrawal of heavy weapons regime. And there's a hope that this regime will lead us to peace," he said.

The Head of State was joined by Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk, Speaker of the Parliament Volodymyr Hroisman, National Security and Defense Council Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov, Head of SBU Valentyn Nalyvaichenko, Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak, Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin and Chief of Staff Viktor Muzhenko in Novi Petrivtsi.


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