Donald Tusk did not undertake Ukraine peace initiative: Polish FM
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Former Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk declined to participate in peace talks over Ukraine in 2014, Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski has announced.
Local citizens carry a flag of the Donetsk People's Republic during their meeting in downtown Donetsk, Ukraine, 09 April 2016. Local citizens mark the second anniversary of creation the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic in 2014. Photo: EPA/ALEXANDER ERMOCHENKO
Witold Waszczykowski told Polish Radio that Poland was asked to participate in negotiations – which subsequently followed the “Norman Four” format of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France, following Poland’s refusal to participate.
“To my surprise, while [on a recent trip] in Belarus, speaking with President Lukashenko, I learned that Lukashenko proposed to Prime Minister Tusk to jointly submit a proposal for peace to the [Ukrainian] conflict,” Waszczykowski said.
“Indeed, in the Foreign Ministry we found documents confirming such talks and all indications show that Prime Minister Tusk did not take part in this peace initiative.”
In December 2014, Donald Tusk was appointed President of the European Council. (rg/di)