“I don’t dare to say that there is a breakthrough. Today, a complex and thorough discussion took place on all aspects of the conflict settlement in accordance with the Minsk agreements. It took enough time to understand Ukraine’s position regarding the whole package of measures and other Minsk agreements,” Kozak said.
Negotiations of political advisers in Berlin lasted about 10 hours. Dmitry Kozak represented Russia, German Advisor to the Chancellor Jan Hecker came from Germany, Advisor to the President of France Emmanuel Bonn represented France, and the Ukrainian member was Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Andriy Yermak.
According to Kozak, it was finally possible to come to an agreement on the adoption of a set of additional ceasefire measures between the belligerents in the Donbas. Three months of discussion of this issue in the Minsk negotiation group did not give any result.
They agreed to finalize the summarizing document by telephone.
The meeting participants could not reach any consensus on amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine in order to consolidate the special status of Donbas.
Among other things, the negotiators tried to determine the time frame for the new summit. There have been attempts to determine specific dates for the summit.
At the same time, Kozak noted that during the negotiations, "European partners are trying to demonstrate objectivity."
As we reported before, the next meeting of ministers of the Normandy Four member countries could take place in the near future. Dmytro Kuleba, Ukraine's Foreign Minister, reported that during his meeting with German counterpart Heiko Maas.