Steinmeier: Minsk agreements help to prevent fire in the heart of Europe

Source : 112 Ukraine

German Foreign Minister said Minsk agreements implementing with a "snail's pace"
08:16, 25 October 2016

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German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said that the progress in resolving the conflict in the Donbas reigion is only visible under a magnifying glass. He stated this in an interview to Märkische allgemeine zeitung.

Steinmeier also expressed regret that the Minsk agreements are implemented with a "snail's pace". However, the minister said, the path of peaceful settlement of the conflict is "neither quick nor easy”.

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He assured that he is ready to work towards a peaceful settlement, to prevent the "fire in the center of Europe", even if it would require a lot of time.

"For several months we are making strenuous efforts to make progress and it is frustrating when we almost don’t see one", said Steinmeier.

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However, he said, in such moments it is necessary to recall the achievements of the Minsk process.

"We were able to prevent a confrontation in the east of Ukraine in the full-scale military conflict that would have gone out of control and, in turn, could develop into a fire in the heart of Europe", Steinmeier highlighted.

At the same time, he stressed he strives for a peaceful solution in the long term, "even if it takes a while”.

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Source: Märkische allgemeine zeitung

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