Ukraine’s Foreign Minister to meet Volker on February 17
21:09, 16 February 2018

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister to meet Volker on February 17

Pavlo Klimkin also plans to meet Sigmar Gabriel on Saturday

21:09, 16 February 2018

Europa Press

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin will meet U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker on Saturday morning. Klimkin said this in Munich on February 16 on air of 112 Ukraine TV channel.

"I will meet Volker tomorrow morning. It's always a pleasure to start a day with Kurt, "he said.

In addition, he announced a meeting with German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel.

At the same time, Klimkin noted that in Munich they are considering the possibility of holding a meeting of foreign ministers of the Normandy Format countries on February 17.

"The situation with Normandy Format is such that the German delegation, most likely, will not manage to arrive today. It could be after 20:00. Now we are talking about organizing this meeting tomorrow, when there will be German Foreign Minister, Mr. Gabriel," he said.

Klimkin stressed the importance of this meeting.

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"It would be important to hold this meeting. If we don’t succeed - we will conduct it in the near future," the head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said.

According to him, at the meeting it is planned to discuss security issues, in particular, escalation in Donbas, the release of hostages, access of humanitarian organizations, as well as peacekeeping operation.

As it was reported earlier the release of prisoners of war and deployment of UN peacekeepers in Donbas were the key topics of negotiation between Pavlo Klimkin and Sergei Lavrov, foreign ministers of Ukraine and Russia. The officials met in Munich.

According to Klimkin, the talks proved mostly fruitless. 'I asked the Russian side to apply significant pressure on the occupant authorities so that they do not violate the basic principles of humanity. We talked about the full access for the Red Cross workers so that they can get to POWs and administer the necessary aid. We've got to start searching those missing in action, it is our moral duty. Then, we discussed the option to restore the Joint Committee for Control and Coordination, which ceased to function due to the withdrawal of the Russian representatives. We should aim for long-lasting ceasefire', he said.  

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