Normandy Four foreign ministers to meet in Berlin on June 11
The foreign ministers of the Normandy Four – Ukraine, Germany, France and Russia – will meet in Berlin, Germany, on June 11, 2018.
"The peace process [in Donbas] needs urgent progress, so we've agreed on a meeting of the foreign ministers in the Normandy format in Berlin on June 11," German Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Heiko Maas said in Mariupol, Ukraine, on June 1.
AM @HeikoMaas in Mariupol: „Der Friedensprozess braucht dringend Fortschritte. Wir haben uns darum auf ein Treffen der Außenminister im Normandie-Format am 11. Juni in Berlin verständigt.“— Auswärtiges Amt (@AuswaertigesAmt) June 1, 2018
Maas is on a working visit to Ukraine from May 31 to June 1.
He has already met with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Kyiv. Maas is now visiting the Ukrainian-controlled areas in Donbas. After Mariupol, he is visiting the village of Shyrokyne. He is being accompanied by his Ukrainian counterpart Pavlo Klimkin.
As reported, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier acknowledged the insufficient effectiveness of the Normandy format, but noted there was no alternative.