German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, while commenting on his formula for resolving the situation in Donbas, disproved the opinion of ex-President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko that the “Steinmeier Formula” was created under Russia’s influence. He made the corresponding statement during his visit to Tbilisi.
Steinmeier was asked if Poroshenko's words that "the formula was written in the Kremlin" were true but he replied that he did not understand the question.
"There was a situation in the Paris negotiations three years ago that took place at a top-level meeting of the Normandy contact group. Negotiations didn't progress, because the projects, which were supposed to be implemented after the Minsk agreements, became public ... But the steps that both parties were obliged to take were too big for them. That is why the formula contains nothing more than an attempt to make the big steps, which the parties to the conflict did not want to take, smaller ones that, despite their nature and consequences, still need to be agreed,” President of Germany said.
He expressed astonishment at the statement about Russia’s influence because the ex-President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko was present at the development of this plan.
As we reported earlier, Petro Poroshenko, Ukraine's ex-president, MP from European Solidarity faction said that the Steinmeier formula did not exist. He stated this at the Rendez-vous show on Channel 5 on September 21.
"No Steinmeier agreement exists in nature. There is no Steinmeier agreement. There is no Steinmeier formula supposedly agreed with someone," Poroshenko said.