Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin has said the future of peace talks on Donbas in the Normandy format depends on the outcome of the second round of the presidential election in the country.
"We need to wait until April 21," he told journalists on Thursday, according to the Russian news agency TASS.
"The result of the vote will, in many aspects, demonstrate whether there will be a boost to the process, whether the process will become more substantial or produce more result or will again return to the slow-moving and fruitless discussion, which the Ukrainian side regretfully conducted in the past few years," Karasin said.
Earlier, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said negotiations for a political settlement of the armed conflict in Donbas must continue in the so-called Normandy format. (Ukraine, Russia, Germany, France)
According to Germany's top diplomat, it is important that negotiations with a view to finding a political settlement in Donbas continue after the election of the president of Ukraine.