Steinmeier: I’m disappointed with Normandy Four negotiations
08:57, 4 March 2016

Steinmeier: I’m disappointed with Normandy Four negotiations

According to Steinmeier Ukraine and Russia are unable to reach understanding

08:57, 4 March 2016

Foreign Minister of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier says he doesn’t conceal his disappointment with Normandy Four negotiation in Paris, he informed the journalists after the negotiation was finished, reports Ukrinform.

“Frankly speaking, we can be satisfied neither with the state of affairs, nor with today’s negotiation”, - Steinmeier commented.

Steinmeier is disappointed that Ukraine and Russia can reach understanding on neither of the German-French initiatives. According to the Minister, “sometimes there’s an impression that Moscow and Kyiv disregard how serious the situation really is and that implementing Minsk deals is vital. We risk losing legitimacy and authority of our efforts”.

The Minister pointed out that “mini-steps” on the way to settle the conflict are not enough and encourages the parties to come to a compromise.

Steinmeier believes that there is a real threat of military and political escalation, which would undermine all further efforts to implement Minsk deals. According to Steinmeier, election in Donbas can help provide progress in this matter and it cannot be postponed.

Yesterday, on March 3, Foreign Ministers of Ukraine, Germany, France and Russia held a meeting in Paris in order to reach progress in Donbas conflict.

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