The territorial integrity and sovereignty of our state depend on the work of the head of the Ukrainian delegation to the Trilateral Contact Group, so the choice of a candidate for this position is made with special responsibility. This was stated by President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy during a conversation with the media after visiting the National Children's Specialized Hospital "Okhmatdyt".
"When we know exactly how difficult this work is, the choice of a person who can lead the group (the Ukrainian delegation to the Trilateral Contact Group - ed.) is just as difficult. We need to find a balance. A person Russia is talking to. A person who is - most importantly - respected in Ukraine. A person who can dominate at the negotiating table. A person who can react, who will not betray Ukraine in very difficult moments. Our territorial integrity, our sovereignty is at stake. Hence, not only our present, but also the future of Ukraine," the Head of State said.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy stressed that the Ukrainian delegation to the TCG should be headed by a person with experience, a person who is centrist and respected by the majority of the population of our country.
"That's why this choice is not just another post. This is one of the most difficult personnel choices," the President said.
The Head of State noted that there are several candidates for the post. In particular, Deputy Prime Minister - Minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine Oleksiy Reznikov and the First President of Ukraine Leonid Kravchuk. Negotiations are also underway with other candidates for the post.
"It's not just a leader. There will be a leader, and people together with the leader (of the delegation of Ukraine - ed.) must be one team. Therefore, in the coming days there will be an official confirmation of this or that person," Volodymyr Zelenskyy stated.
The President also thanked Leonid Kuchma for his hard and responsible work as head of the Ukrainian delegation to the TCG.