The meeting of Normandy Four leaders - Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France, which took place in Berlin on October 19 helped to preserve the solidarity and unity of the European Union (EU) on the issue of Ukraine's support in resisting Russian aggression and prolonging sanctions against the aggressor state. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin said this during the "hour of questions to the government" at a meeting of the Verkhovna Rada.
"As you heard, the Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel raised the issue of possible sanctions against Russia in the Syrian context. Thus, the Normandy talks helped the discussions during the EU Summit, helped to clear out the solidarity of the EU and the consolidation of the issue of support for the struggle of Ukraine against Russian aggression and of the extension of sanctions," Klimkin said.
Foreign Minister also said that the joint position of Ukraine, Germany and France is very different from the position of the Russian Federation, both in terms of activities sequence and in terms of a clear guarantee of their performance, in terms of the OSCE access to the occupied Donbas, in terms of OSCE tolerance to the uncontrolled area of Ukrainian-Russian border.
Klimkin stressed that Kyiv's position in the negotiations has been consistent and regarded the need to guarantee the security in the Donbas region, and then move on to the implementation of the political agreement, in particular the holding of elections.