Klimkin stressed that the Russian Federation’s efforts to escalate the situation in the Donbas and observer’s withdrawal from cease-fire implementation tool indicates that Moscow is trying to make the international community talk with its puppets in the Donbas.
Klimkin and Freeland also discussed Canada’s G7 presidency in 2018 and common Ukraine-Canada prospects for this period.
“The G7 has become for us a poster child for the transatlantic civilized world and I believe that it is precisely Ukraine's affiliation to this world that is being embraced and felt by everyone. That's why we talked about the political aspects and security policy, about what we can do in terms of putting pressure on Russia so that the UN peacekeepers appear in the Donbas after all," Klimkin stressed.
Ukraine’s top diplomat says the situation in the Donbas is being deliberately escalated while the attempts are made to disrupt the prisoner swap.
"I mean the spike in the number of attacks. The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) recorded 6,000 attacks in the Donetsk direction alone over the last week. This was due to Russia's withdrawal from the JCCC. I’m also talking about all those numerous moves it makes in Minsk. And its logic is quite straightforward: to make everyone talk with its puppets in the occupied Donbas and turn the meaning of our efforts upside down. And the meaning is simple enough: Russia must leave the Donbas and let the international contingent be deployed there. This international contingent must provide the security and deal with further developments. It will be impossible to preserve the Russian colony since there is no room for Russia’s colony in Ukraine as we see it - a European and democratic Ukraine," Klimkin stressed.