Trilateral contact group for solution of Donbas conflict (Minsk talks group) agreed on the creation of an advisory board. It will comprise of representatives of Ukraine and self-proclaimed 'republics' of Donbas (ten from each, with the right for decisive vote), Germany, France and the OSCE (one from each, with the right for conciliatory vote).
ZN.UA outlet released the document on March 13. The board gives Russia the status of observer and guarantor, just like the one enjoyed by Germany, France and the OSCE.
It is expected that the decision on the creation of such a council will be signed on March 25, 2020 - after consultations with representaitves of the OSCE, France and Germany.
"The major tasks of the council is to conduct the dialogue, consultations and to make offers on projects of political and legal solutions to the conflict, according to the measures, including those on holding elections in separate areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions", reads the decision.
It is expected that the composition of the council will be defined at least three days before the first session.
ZN.UA also reported that the document states the necessity of a comprehensive political solution to the conflict, however, it says nothing about the need of an immediate and stable ceasefire and living up to all security conditions that are necessary for the political process.
The Office of the President of Ukraine claimed that the decision to create such a council was made after consultations with representaitves of the OSCE, France and Germany about living up to the Normandy Four Summit's decisions; the event itself took place in December 2019.