'Normandy Four' foreign ministers' meeting to focus on peacekeepers in Donbas

21:39, 08 April 2015
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President Poroshenko said that earlier the idea of deploying a peacekeeping mission in Donbas hadn't been accepted with enthusiasm.


Ukraine's Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin is now in Paris where he's engaged in preparations for a meeting of 'Normandy Four' foreign ministers with a peacekeeping mission in Donbas being on the top of the agenda.

This was announced by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko at a joint press conference with his Polish counterpart Bronislaw Komorowski in Kyiv on Wednesday, an UNIAN correspondent reported.

"Today Ukrainian Foreign Minister Klimkin is in Paris on my instructions, where he is preparing a corresponding meeting of the foreign ministers in the Normandy format, where particularly the issue of peacekeepers should be a major subject," he said.

According to Poroshenko, the idea of deploying a peacekeeping mission in Donbas was earlier accepted without enthusiasm.

"All understand today that the issue of peacekeepers is the most effective way of de-escalating the conflict. Let me stress: de-escalating, not freezing," Poroshenko said.

The 'Normandy Four' countries – Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany – are so named because they first met as a group to discuss the Ukraine crisis in Normandy, France, during celebrations in June last year of the start of the Allied operation to liberate France in 1944.

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