German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said the approval of the Steinmeier formula opens the doors of the summit in the Normandy format, the press service of the Foreign Ministry of Germany reported.
"I am pleased that the constructive atmosphere during the Tripartite Contact Group in Minsk has led to such much-anticipated progress today. This opens the door to the Normandy summit and other stages of implementation of the Minsk agreements," said Maas.
On October 2, 2015, in the Normandy Four leaders’ summit in Paris, Steinmeier presented the primordial version of what would become his Formula to implement the Minsk “agreements’ ” political clauses. It envisaged the known sequence of steps, whereby the Ukrainian parliament would adopt: 1) a constitutional law on the special status of the Donetsk-Luhansk territory; 2) an amnesty law regarding liability for “the events” in that territory (thus enabling those involved in “the events” to hold offices in that territory); and 3) a special law on holding elections in that territory.
As we reported earlier, on October 1, Zelensky declared that Ukraine informed about the approval of the text of the Steinmeier formula in response to the letter by the OSCE Special Representative to the Tripartite Contact Group Martin Sajdik.