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Events in Belarus not to affect negotiations in Normandy Format, - Merkel

Source : 112 Ukraine

However, according to the German Chancellor, the progress of negotiations in the Normandy format is difficult
13:55, 1 June 2021

Reuters

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that the events in Belarus will not affect the process of negotiations of the Normandy Quartet. The Chancellor said this during a briefing following a meeting with French leader Emmanuel Macron.

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Merkel noted that the progress of negotiations in the Normandy Format is "extremely difficult", but the process must be continued.

"It is important to continue working in the Normandy Format, although progress there is extremely difficult. This means that Germany and France are helping Ukraine in this format, and that is important," she said.

According to the Chancellor, the Normandy Format does not depend on what is happening in Belarus.

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French President Emmanuel Macron also said that the resolution of the conflict in eastern Ukraine should be sought in the Normandy process.

"I do not see more effective ways of working than the Normandy Format, in which progress has been made in recent months," he added.

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As it was reported earlier, the Head of the Ukrainian delegation at the Trilateral Contact Group Leonid Kravchuk stated that Minsk cannot be a venue for negotiations on Donbas anymore due to the stop of air traffic with Belarus. 

Kravchuk made this statement after the incident with the forced landing of the plane and the detention of journalist Roman Pratasevich.

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