German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Monday that both Ukraine and Russian-backed separatists were violating a ceasefire agreement in eastern Ukraine and it would likely be difficult to resolve the crisis in the short term. This was reported by Reuters.
"It's very difficult to find a way out after so many years," Gabriel told an event hosted by the European Council on Foreign Relations. "Of course we are trying, but it does not look like we will have a (short-term resolution) of the difficulties in the region."
Gabriel said he backed continued efforts by the so-called "Normandy format" group - involving Germany, France, Ukraine and Russia - to resolve the crisis, but observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) were not optimistic, given the situation in the region.
"I have no good messages on this issue," he said.
As it was reported earlier President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko held the meeting with the President of the French Senate Gerard Larcher within the visit to France. Special attention was focused on Donbas issue. Poroshenko informed about systematical violations of Minsk agreement by Russian side and emphasized the necessity to follow the sanctions regime against Kremlin.