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Kuchma stays in Tripartite Contact Group

On 23 November he goes to Minsk.

Kuchma stays in Tripartite Contact Group
Leonid Kuchma
Photo: Photo: EPA / UPG

Leonid Kuchma will further represent Ukraine in the Tripartite Contact Group, his spokeswoman Darka Olifer said on 16 November.

"Leonid Kuchma will remain Ukraine's representative in the Tripartite Contact Group [in Mins talks on Donbas settlement], and already on November 23 in Minsk to take part in the meeting of the group, that is going to focus on the discussion of issues of security and the release of hostages," Olifer said.

According to her, the meeting, in particular, will discuss violations of the regime of silence and implementation of the TCG framework decision on disengagement.

Previously, the media quoted Kuchma as repeatedly asking to be released from the Group's composition. "I am the only one left out of the initial team. Russia has changed [its representatives] twice... I will be only pleased to hand over my authorities to someone who can do it better," Kuchma was quoted as saying

Ukraine's second president Kuchma has been representing Ukraine in the TCG on the peaceful settlement of the situation in Donbass region since July, 2014.