No Normandy Four meetings slated for near future, - Klimkin

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Ukrainian side expects reaction for its offers voiced out at the previous meeting
15:56, 16 March 2016

“No plans for a specific date so far. We need to understand whether the Russian side is ready to discuss specific offers”, Klimkin said.

He stressed that Ukraine expects reaction from the Russian side concerning Kyiv’s proposals at the last meeting of the Normandy Four in Paris – namely, about withdrawal of troops from the division line, full access for OSCE monitors to the militant-held areas of Donbas, including the Ukraine-Russia border.  

“It would be complicated to plan the next meeting without understanding how to proceed in these issues”, the Minister said.    

As 112 International reported, at the meeting in Paris on March 3, ministers of the Normandy Four discussed the agreements on security in eastern Ukraine, which were made during the meeting of Minsk Trilateral Group on March 2. The officials supported holding elections in Donbas in the first half of 2016, mine clearing in the specified areas, as well as the ban of military exercises near the division line in the combat area.      

After the Normandy Four ministerial meeting, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said the sides never came to terms during the meeting, insisting that security must be maintained first in the region. According to him, Russia refuses to implement the Minsk agreements. 

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