Russian President Vladimir Putin appointed a permanent member of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Boris Gryzlov as a plenipotentiary representative in the Contact Group on settlement of the situation in the eastern Ukraine, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to Unian.
The Russian delegation also comprises Russia’s special representative in the Contact Group Azamat Kulmukhametov and representatives in working subgroups: Yaroslav Moskalik in the security subgroup, Vladimir Stepanov in the humanitarian subgroup, Sergey Nazarov in the economic subgroup and Maxim Polyakov in the political subgroup.
“The President [of the Russian Federation – Ed.] set the task for me: to do everything possible to negotiate under conditions of protracted internal conflict in Ukraine”, – said Gryzlov. “In this case, we will proceed from the need to complete and, most importantly, the faithful observance of the Minsk agreements”, – he said.
The First Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Defense and Security of the Russian Federation Franz Klintsevich said that appointment of Boris Gryzlov as a representative in the contact group on Ukraine indicated the interest of Russia in the settlement of the situation in Ukraine.
Russian President and all officials continue to deny the aggression in Ukraine and call it an internal conflict.
Nevertheless, on December 17, during his annual press conference Russian President Vladimir Putin admitted Russian military presence in Ukraine.
Answering the question of Ukrainian journalist Roman Tsymbalyuk about when Russia would leave Ukraine in peace, he said: “We have never said that there are no people who are solving certain military issues. But it does not mean that there are regular Russian troops there. You should feel the difference.”