Carnegie Moscow Center's Dmitri Trenin talks to Russia Direct about the future of the Minsk Agreements and the Normandy Four format after a discussion between Russian experts and Poland’s ex-Foreign Minister Adam Daniel Rotfeld in Moscow.

Video by Pavel Gazdyuk

This week Carnegie Moscow Center gave the floor to Poland’s ex-Foreign Minister (2005) and former head of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) Adam Daniel Rotfeld.

Together with Russian experts, Rotfeld discussed European security in the context of the Ukrainian crisis. They mulled over the question of whether global leaders should come up with a new document that would establish a new architecture of international security, given the fact that previous ones are good in theory, but hard to implement in practice.

At the same time, during his speech Rotfeld implied that coming up with a new document of international relations is not a panacea that immediately solves all problems.

“It is not a matter of a new document and a new architecture [of international security],” he said. “It is a matter of [the reasons] why the current documents lost their legal power.”

If the clauses and recommendations of old were diligently observed, there would have not been the problems that “we are facing” now, he concluded, meaning the Ukrainian crisis. 

In addition, Carnegie Moscow Center Director Dmitri Trenin talked to Russia Direct about the future of the Minsk Agreements and the Normandy Four format. He said that the Agreements as signed in February won't be implemented in 2015. At the same time, Trenin expressed doubts that the U.S. will play a greater role in the Normandy Four process that currently involves Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France. 

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