The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a meeting in Berlin today, February 1, to discuss the ceasefire in the Donbass, the withdrawal of Russian Federation arms and release all hostages. It is declared by the representative of the President of Ukraine in the Verkhovna Rada Stepan Kubiv, transfers «Interfax-Ukraine».
«The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko carries out a working visit to the Federal Republic of Germany. During the meeting it is planned to discuss ways to intensify implementation of the Minsk agreements, especially the cease fire by the militants, the withdrawal by Russia of heavy weapons and release all hostages», — said Kubiv at a meeting of the conciliatory Council of the Verkhovna Rada.
As reported in the press service of the President, at 16.30 before the bilateral meeting, the President of Ukraine and Chancellor of Germany will make a joint statement for the media. The event will be broadcast on the official channel of the presidential Administration in Youtube.
Recall, December 30, 2015 held telephone talks the leaders of «Norman Quartet» (Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France). The parties agreed on the extension of the Minsk agreements and new meeting of foreign Ministers in January 2015.
The representative of Ukraine in the tripartite contact group on settlement of the conflict in Ukraine Roman Bezsmertny said that as of 1 January 2016 has begun «the process of the Minsk-3».
January 11, flew to Kiev a Russian representative to the Minsk talks, former speaker of the state Duma Boris Gryzlov. According to media reports, he held a secret meeting with President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko.
On 13 January the President of Ukraine has held a phone conversation with Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel and President of France Francois Hollande. Among other things, they raised the issue of the modalities for the elections in the occupied Donbas.
On the same day, US presidents and Russia Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin also discussed the issue.
January 15, the U.S. assistant Secretary of state for Europe and Eurasia , Victoria Nuland, arrived from Lithuania to Kaliningrad region of the Russian Federation, where she met with Russian presidential aide Vladislav Surkov. The consultations were held behind closed doors. After negotiations, the parties have refrained from comments.
On 18 January, the representatives of the German Chancellor and the French President visited Kiev. Also they had to negotiate in Moscow.
Note, the sanctions and low oil prices threaten Russia’s default. Many experts believe that for the sake of the economy, the Kremlin will replace aggressive with «reconciliatory» policies and can leave the occupied Donbass.
Meanwhile, Russia is trying to achieve for occupied areas of the Donbass «special status» to the Ukrainian Constitution, but official Kiev refuses to take such a step.
Poroshenko will discuss with Merkel the intensification of the Minsk agreements 01.02.2016