At a press conference following the meeting of Norman Quartet in Berlin Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov said that the implementation of Minsk agreements will be prolonged for 2016, Interfax-Ukraine.
"No one doubts that Minsk deal will be prolonged until it is fully implemented... Implementation of the Minsk arrangements to take place the next year. There is a need to develop a commonly acceptable law on local elections in Donbas and the fact that, since the adoption of the law 90 days to prepare for elections are required; a simple comparison of figures shows that we cannot do it to the end of the year," he said.
Russian official also noted that the discussion in Normandy format was useful and specific. He added that the removal of small arms in Donbas follows the schedule, the process must be completed by 12 November.