Normandy Talks 2019: Outcome

Source : 112 Ukraine

Great expectations were laid on the meeting of the leaders of four states. And so it is over now! The final communique is published!
01:46, 10 December 2019

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel met on December 9 in Paris at the Normandy Summit.

Here's what the Four agreed on.


Earlier, President Zelensky announced that Ukraine was going to raise issues of the prisoner exchange, the security in the Donbas, elections on the occupied territories and the deadlines of the transfer of control over the border with Russia.

According to Vadym Prystaiko, the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, the main expectation from the meeting of the four leaders of the states was that the Russian troops would leave the occupied areas of Ukraine's Donbas.

According to Andriy Yermak, Ukraine's President's aide, Zelensky was going to lay down conditions for negotiations with the occupied territories.

Verkhovna Rada speaker Dmytro Razumkov noted before that Ukraine's President will not discuss the "special status" of Donbas at the summit.

So, what's the end result of the Normandy Talks


The situation in Donbas

The four agreed to implement measures to stabilize the situation in Donbas conflict zone. The parties have committed themselves to implement all the necessary measures to support the ceasefire before the end of 2019.

"The sides commit to a full and comprehensive implementation of the ceasefire, strengthened by the implementation of all necessary ceasefire support measures, before the end of the year 2019. They will support the development and implementation of an updated demining plan, on the basis of the decision of the Trilateral Contact Group on demining activities, dated March 3, 2016," reads the final communique.

Also, according to Zelensky, the negotiating parties agreed to create another three areas for the separation of forces and military equipment.

In addition, the leaders of four states discussed granting special status to certain territories of Donbas.

In addition, at the final briefing, Russian President Putin expressed the viewpoint that it is necessary to increase the number of checkpoints in Donbas.


Border control

According to Zelensky, he insisted on the need for Ukraine to restore the state border.

"Today I insisted on the need for Ukraine to restore full control over the state border. I am sure we will get back to this issue at the next meeting in the Normandy format 4 months later," Zelensky said.

"Steinmeier Formula". The leaders of the Normandy Four consider it necessary to introduce the "Steinmeier formula" into Ukrainian legislation in accordance with the agreed option during the meeting and the Trilateral Contact Group.


Exchange of prisoners

The negotiating countries agreed to facilitate the mutual release of detainees by December 31 on the principle of "all for all".


Another important thing

German Chancellor Angela Merkel gave her positive assessment of the meeting between Zelensky and Putin.

"President Putin, President Zelensky met today, and we evaluate this meeting very positively, and I hope that our meeting and the bilateral meeting between the presidents took place for the benefit of all parties," the chancellor said.

Macron, in his turn, said that diplomatic relations are being restored between Ukraine and the Russian Federation. According to him, this is the first meeting of the presidents of Ukraine and Russia, during which they had the opportunity to exchange views and achieve results. The French president also liked Zelensky’s political determination to solve problems.
As the Ukrainian leader himself said, during the meeting, it was not possible to solve many issues, which should be done in future.


Next summit

French President Emmanuel Macron said the aides to presidents and Foreign Ministers of the Normandy Four will prepare a new summit in four months.

"We now need to instruct the foreign ministers, as well as the Presidents' aides, to agree on political and dangerous conditions in order to complete all the prerequisites for the city elections in four months," Macron said.

The text of the communiqué after the meeting in the Normandy format:

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