The Russian Federation has confirmed its desire to hold a meeting at the level of political advisors to the leaders of the Normandy format countries (Ukraine, Germany, France, Russia). Oleksiy Arestovych, spokesperson of the Ukrainian delegation to the Trilateral Contact Group for the Settlement of the Conflict in Donbas (TCG) announced that, Interfax-Ukraine reports.
"The Ukrainian delegation to participate in the TCG qualifies what is happening as very, very, very slow, but progress," Arestovych said.
He added that "recently this week Russia confirmed their desire to hold a meeting at the level of political advisors."
The spokesperson reminded that the last TCG meeting this year will take place on December 15.
"And even if we look at the things done in subgroups, we can say that even in the work of the checkpoint all these two sheets with technical conditions, which we are constantly agreeing on, and there is progress. Unfortunately, it is very slow. Unfortunately, it is the slowest in the most painful issue, which is the release of mutually detained persons. Nevertheless, the Normandy format exists, and although it is advancing very slowly, it exists," Arestovych stated.
Also, according to Arestovych, Ukraine is not considering the deployment of UN peacekeepers in Donbas at this moment. In turn, the Ukrainian side suggests quadrupling the overall composition of the OSCE mission.