German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel during his visit to St. Petersburg, discussed with the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin the situation in Ukraine and other issues of mutual interest at the international economic forum, which is taking place on 1-3 June in Russia. This is reported by Ukrinform with a link to Morgen Web.
"We hope now that Normandy format will be continued at the highest level, up to the heads of state and governments," Gabriel said after the meeting.
It is also noted that the German minister made it clear that the condition for the lifting of sanctions will be the fulfillment of the terms of 2015 Minsk agreements by Russia, "from which Moscow is far away," the speaker adds.
The portal notes that the dinner, which was positioned as "private", lasted more than two hours and was prolonged until 1:30 a.m. It was attended by former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, Vladimir Putin's friend. Before dinner, Gabriel talked for 45 minutes with the Russian president face to face.
This is Gabriel's second visit to Russia after taking the office as Minister of Foreign Affairs at the end of January.