The Foreign Ministries of Germany and France issued a joint statement in which they demanded Russia and the militants to open a checkpoints on the Donbas demarcation line. The text of the statement was published on the website of the German Foreign Ministry.
"We call on Russia and the separatists to reopen all existing crossing points on the contact line in the Donetsk region without delay. Thousands of people wanting to see doctors, draw pensions or visit relatives are currently prohibited from crossing the contact line. The conflict must not be allowed to continue to be waged at the expense of the population, and the divides must not be allowed to widen," the statement informs.
The diplomats of these countries note, that despite an agreement in the Trilateral Contact Group, the separatists have not complied with their obligations to enable the opening of the crossing points in Zolote and Shchastya on 10 November as agreed.
They called upon Russia to use its influence to ensure that these agreements are implemented.
As a member of the Trilateral Contact Group, Russia is also in direct negotiations with Ukraine and bears a share of responsibility for the successful implementation of the conclusions of the Paris Summit.
At the same time, Germany and France welcomed the creation of two new crossing points on the contact line. Ukraine is thus complying with the obligations agreed by Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany in the conclusions of the Normandy-format Summit held in Paris on 9 December 2019.
As we reported earlier, in Donbas, the militants block the work of the checkpoints and return the citizens back to the side of the demarcation line controlled by Ukraine.