Brussels believes that Minsk Agreements are the central element in the attainment of peace in the east of Ukraine as EEAS reported citing Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs.
She reminded the MEPs that Ukraine still suffers from the violation of its sovereignty and territorial integrity.
“It should be clear that the Minsk agreements remain central to reaching a lasting peaceful solution to the conflict in eastern Ukraine, to end the fighting and the suffering of so many people. It is crucial to sustain the progress in disengagement and constructing the bridge in Stanytsia Luhanska. And we need a lasting ceasefire, towards the ultimate goal of restoring Ukraine’s control of its whole territory,” Mogherini said.
She underlined that the EU position remains unchanged: Crimea is Ukraine, Donbas is Ukraine.
“In recent weeks, we have witnessed some important developments in the Normandy format and the Trilateral Contact Group. The outcome of the Trilateral Contact Group meeting in Minsk on 1 October, on the so-called Steinmeier formula, is a step that could hopefully lead to some progress towards the full implementation of the Minsk agreements by all parties,” Mogherini said.
On October 1, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky stated that Ukraine reported on the agreement of Steinmeier formula text in response to the letter of OSCE Special Representative in Trilateral Contac Group Martin Sajdik.
Russia considers the possibility of participation in the Normandy Format summit after signing of Steinmeier formula by Ukrainian side.
On October 3, German Chancellor Angela Merkel confirmed that the Normandy Format summit will take place in Paris.
Meanwhile, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko stated the Kremlin's lack of interest is preventing negotiations in the Normandy format.
However, Angela Merkel promised during the phone talk with Volodymyr Zelensky to use her future contacts with partners in Normandy Format to reach the agreement on the holding of the summit.