"I want to assure you that we'll have nothing without Minsk II. Everything will fall apart. Does anyone think that there will be a different format at the request of Ukraine? Let's suppose that we want Obama to participate. And does Obama want it? There was no mention of Ukraine in 10 priorities for the United States (listed in the State of the Union Address delivered by Barack Obama - Ed.). And have we asked Putin's consent?" he said.
At the same time, Leonid Kuchma recalled that this problem had been already discussed once and Putin strongly refuted Russia's participation in this format.
"We are unable to involve everyone in negotiations, including those who our fate depends on. We cannot bring participants of the Budapest Memorandum to the negotiating table," Ukraine's representative to the Tripartite Contact Group summed up.
Asked which country he would like to see at the talks in Minsk, Kuchma said: "I would be happy if China was there. China is also a signatory of this agreement (the Budapest Memorandum - Ed.)! But we should make every effort to strike a compromise but by no means at the expense of Ukraine! And I reiterate that we have every reason to demand the implementation of the first items of the Minsk accords and then we may consider some further steps."