Negotiations «channel four» ended almost before it began. The meeting was moved to March

The negotiations «Norman Quartet» (Ukraine, Germany, France, Russia) on the situation in Ukraine at the Ministerial level in Munich (Germany), ended almost before it began.

According to «Interfax-Ukraine», Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov, who refused to comment on the progress of the talks to journalists.

Lavrov ignored the photoproofs of movement of Russian weapons across the Ukrainian border
Klimkin: foreign Ministers «Norman format» agreed to work on the modality of elections in the Donbass
The Ukrainian foreign Ministry raised the issue of the recent repressions in Crimea

As reported, the negotiations «Norman Quartet» at the Ministerial level started in Munich around 9:16 Kyiv time on Saturday, February 13.

Russia is the Russian foreign Minister Lavrov, Germany — foreign Minister of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Ukraine’s foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin. France in connection with the resignation last week of foreign Minister Laurent Fabius is the French foreign Ministry political Director Nicolas de rivière.

After arriving Klimkin stressed that Russia fulfills its obligations under the Minsk agreement commitments, he will also speak during the negotiations.

On the eve of negotiations, on Friday, February 12, in comments to journalists Klimkin said that he plans «to focus on the topics of security, exchange of hostages and how to agree on electoral modalities for free and fair elections».

«But will begin meeting in Minsk, with all its importance, and what happened yesterday in Crimea, searches, arrests. We all love a good anniversary, but, unfortunately, the first anniversary of Minsk is not a good anniversary, because from the point of view of fulfilment by Russia of its commitments, I don’t see any of them,» declared the foreign Minister of Ukraine.

As Klimkin said the talks were «preparatory» because of the lack of an incumbent Minister for foreign Affairs of France. The next meeting of «Norman Quartet» at the Ministerial level is planned in early March in Paris (France).

«No specific result. It was a meeting to prepare for the next the present meeting in «Norman format». We hope and we agreed that this is a full-format meeting will be held in early March in Paris,» — said Klimkin after the talks in Munich.

Lavrov ignored the photoproofs of movement of Russian weapons across the Ukrainian border

The Minister of foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin showed his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov, photoproofs of movement of Russian weapons across the Ukrainian border.

About this Klimkin told journalists after the talks of the foreign Ministers of «Norman Quartet» in Munich.

«I showed a few photos, as an example of how Russian weapons are supplied across the border. Lavrov on it accordingly did not react, did not comment on it,» — said Klimkin.

Ukrainian Minister noted that informed participants of the meeting about the situation in the Donbas.

According to klimkina, among the concrete things on which we have agreed to work contains a safety issue and «effective access to Donbass and to the border» for the Special Monitoring Mission of the OSCE.

«Not only in terms of repeated violations, attacks, but actually that now there are actually joint exercises of the Russian military, who are on the territory of Donbass, on the one hand, and, of course, of mercenaries, on the other,» he said.

«We showed the photos as military equipment crosses the border, including tanks. We know now how much ammunition cross the border that all these munitions can be the basis for offensive operations,» — said Klimkin.

He added that the trend in the Donbas demonstrates the ongoing use of prohibited weapons, artillery and heavy mortars.

«The trend conscious absolute destabilizing», — said Klimkin.

Klimkin: foreign Ministers «Norman format» agreed to work on the modality of elections in the Donbass

Foreign Minister «channel four» agreed to work on the modality of elections on the Central government of uncontrolled territories in Donbas, Minister of foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin.

«We have also agreed to work within the framework of Minsk on establishing the modalities of action for the next elections», — said Klimkin told reporters.

The Minister also added that the sides agreed on the need to ensure security during the elections in the Donbass and Ukraine intends to cooperate with the OSCE on this issue.

Note, in early February, the Kremlin has started work on the preparation and conduct of local illegal «elections» in the occupied Donbass, which is coordinated by the adviser to the RF President Vladislav Surkov.

Previously Klimkin at the meeting of the «Ukraine + Friends of Ukraine in the EU» pointed to the need to de-escalate the situation in Donbas and the creation of conditions for holding local elections in uncontrolled Kiev areas.

The Ukrainian foreign Ministry raised the issue of the recent repressions in Crimea

The Minister of foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin said that the negotiations in «Norman format» raised the issue of recent repression in the occupied Russian Crimea authorities.

«I especially noted that the atmosphere of today’s meeting is very much affected by what is happening in Crimea with constant searches and arrests. Lavrov made an appearance, which is also not respond to it», — Klimkin told journalists after the talks.

He added that we had a useful exchange between the participants of the negotiations in the context of the determination of the agenda of the next meeting in Paris.

«It was intermediate, useful meeting, and I am grateful Steinmeier (German foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier — ed) for its organization in Munich. But a real meeting in early March,» — said Klimkin.




Negotiations «channel four» ended almost before it began. The meeting was moved to March 13.02.2016

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