Leonid Pasechnik, the leader of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic in eastern Ukraine, warned this Thursday that US Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s visit to the European country should exacerbate the conflict.
“We want common sense to triumph in the end and order their subordinates (in relation to the Government of Ukraine) to cease hostilities so that there can be peace in our territory and disputes under the Minsk Accords to be resolved by political means, but me I am convinced that it will be exactly the opposite, “said Pasechnik.
He has declared that a peace agreement in eastern Ukraine “does not serve the interests of the United States”. “All the statements made, the statements made and the instructions given will clearly seek to escalate in Donbas,” he argued.
For this reason, Pasechnik stressed in statements to the Russian news agency Sputnik that this situation “in the long term” “must lead to the outbreak of a military conflict”.
Blinken will meet with the President of Ukraine, Volodimir Zelenski, this Thursday. This emerges from the US State Department’s agenda, which has indicated that Washington will reaffirm its “unwavering” support for “sovereignty and territorial integrity” during the trip on the face of Russian “aggression”.
Washington also hopes to encourage Kiev to press ahead with its reform agenda, particularly in the fight against corruption, and to make it clear that the future of the former Soviet republic lies within NATO, despite the reluctance expressed by Moscow.
Blinken’s trip comes at a particularly sensitive time in the region after Russian troops have been deployed near the border with Ukraine and negotiations over the separatist conflict have stalled completely. Moscow and Washington have crossed allegations and sanctions in the past few weeks.