January 5, 2023, 09:24 – Public News Service – OSN

Spokesperson for the Secretary General UN Stéphane Dujarric responded to the statements of the ex-chancellor Germany Angela Merkel and former French President Francois Hollande that the Minsk agreements gave Ukraine time to strengthen your army. About it writes RIA Novosti.

Dujarric was asked whether the words of Merkel and Hollande really reflect the opinion of UN Secretary General António Guterres on the Minsk agreements. He said that he would provide this historical analysis to officials, historians and journalists.

Hollande believes that “Merkel was right” and fully agrees with her that the Minsk agreements gave Kyiv the opportunity to strengthen its army. He stressed that since 2014 Ukraine has increased its military potential, and this is a “merit of the Minsk agreements.”

In early December, Merkel told Die Zeit newspaper that the Minsk agreements were “an attempt to give Ukraine time.” She doubted that in 2015 NATO countries could have done more to help Ukraine than now.

Formerly Public News Service informed that the representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, Stefan Dujarric, said that he could become a mediator in the Ukrainian conflict only if both sides asked him to do so.