Russia and Germany are far from normal relations, said the President of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier during a meeting in the Kremlin with Russian President Vladimir Putin. About it reports a press-service of administration of the Russian President.
«From a normal relationship, we are still far, and still have open wounds, there are unresolved issues, particularly with regard to the annexation of Crimea and the conflict in the East of Ukraine, which are a burden and continue to be a burden to our relationship. In addition, the recent arrests here in Moscow», – said Steinmeier.
He noted that he arrived in Moscow to discuss relations between States.
During the meeting the sides discussed the military conflict in Ukraine.
«Mr President once again noted that the Foundation for sustainable, comprehensive settlement in the South-East of Ukraine should be steady implementation of the Minsk agreements. In this context, discussed the Russian initiative on the establishment of the UN mission to ensure the security of OSCE observers in the conflict zone,» – said after talks Putin.
On 5 September, Putin said that the presence of UN peacekeepers would benefit the resolution of the conflict in the East of Ukraine. He said that peacekeeping forces were placed on the line of contact between the parties and «any other areas».
Representative of Kiev in the trilateral contact group on the peaceful settlement of the situation in the Donbass Irina Gerashchenko rejected the idea, explaining that the contact line is not the Ukrainian border, so there can be no peacekeeping forces.
On the same day, Russia introduced a draft resolution for consideration by the UN Security Council.
September 11 in conversation with Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel, Putin admitted that the armed UN mission can be in the conflict area in the Donbas not only on the line of contact. In his opinion, it must protect the special monitoring mission of the OSCE.
The U.S. state Department stated that the mandate of UN peacekeepers should be subject to all of the occupied territory of Donbas up to the border with Russia.
Steinmeier said that Crimea and Donbass are a burden on relations between German and Russia 26.10.2017