Zelensky, foreign ministers of France, Germany discuss "creative ideas" on Minsk accords
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has discussed with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany Heiko Maas "creative ideas" on the implementation of the Minsk agreements.
"We've agreed that 'Minsk' [agreements] will be applicable, and its [the Trilateral Contact Group on the Donbas settlement] activities, which have been suspended for all this time, should start in a new way. There are certain creative ideas that have been discussed," Deputy head of the Presidential Administration Office Vadym Prystaiko told journalists after the meeting on May 30.
Prystaiko says he cannot yet communicate these ideas since experts should discuss them and find specific solutions.
According to the official, "specific proposals" have been voiced. However, they will be made public after the expert discussion.
Prystaiko also added that "all the ideas that were announced, including that related to the following contacts, are all true, and certain contacts have already taken place."
He said that Zelensky had held a telephone conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Moreover, contacts were held at the level of advisers to the leaders of Ukraine and Germany on foreign policy issues.
"There was a conversation with Merkel, related to a discussion of specific ideas, which are still too early to talk about, it's too early to voice them," he said.
Prystaiko says there are intentions to update the work of the Trilateral Contact Group to resolve the situation in Donbas.
"And these decisions will be [in a] day or two. Believe me, we don't drag out time. We are just not ready to do it right today," he said.
As UNIAN reported earlier, after meeting with Zelensky on May 30, Heiko Maas said that experts from the Normandy format countries (Ukraine, Germany, France and Russia) would discuss ways to accelerate the establishment of peace in Donbas.