Steinmeier called inconclusive talks between the foreign Ministers of «Norman Quartet» in Minsk

The Minister of foreign Affairs of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier called the talks between the foreign Ministers of the countries «Norman four» in Minsk heavy, but meaningful and necessary.

According to Reuters, the head of the German foreign Minister said after four-party talks held on Tuesday in the Belarusian capital.

He reported that the international Committee of the red cross could assist in the exchange of the hostages until the end of this year, but the parties are still far from a political agreement that would have paved the way for the holding of local elections in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions. Steinmeier stated after the meeting in Minsk optimism about the fact that Ukraine and Russia will make efforts to disengagement in four «hot spots» along the line of contact.

At the same time, according to Deutsche Welle, the German foreign Minister said that the negotiations in «Norman format» in Minsk, little progress has been made.

In particular, according to him, agreed upon a further withdrawal of troops from the separation line in the Donbass, and also agreed to hold until the end of this year, sharing a large number of prisoners. The German Minister said that the number of zones for the withdrawal of troops will increase from three to seven, and the Red Cross will have access to the prisoners and to share them.

However, it is noted that the Ministers at the meeting are unable to agree on a «road map» implementation of the agreements signed in Minsk in February 2015 to resolve the conflict in the East of Ukraine.

«Today, this was again difficult,» Steinmeier said after four hours of talks.

«There are still many open questions, but this evening there was considerable desire on the part of Russia and Ukraine that this work not only continued, but opportunities were brought to an end,» — said Steinmeier.




Steinmeier called inconclusive talks between the foreign Ministers of «Norman Quartet» in Minsk 30.11.2016

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