Dmitry Kozak, Deputy Chief of Staff of Russia’s Presidential Executive Office stated that there are no obstacles for the Normandy format meeting at the ministerial level. He said this in a comment to TASS.
"There are no problems in organizing such a meeting," Kozak said.
Kozak also recalled that last July, the foreign ministers were unable to agree on a joint statement.
"And in the same month there was a meeting of political advisers. We proposed to combine a statement on the TCG's recommendations on concrete steps for a settlement. But we could not. We gave them to the Germans and French, they asked so much," he added.
Meanwhile, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas believes that the time for another round of talks in the Normandy format at the level of Foreign Ministers has come. He stated this during a press conference following talks with his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba.
"Finally, we want to make significant progress on humanitarian and security issues, such as demining, the disengage of forces and the exchange of prisoners, but also on political aspects, in particular the implementation of the Steinmeier Formula," Maas said.
According to him, Moscow's readiness to influence the separatists in eastern Ukraine is necessary to stabilize the ceasefire.