Germany urges parties in Donbas war to disengage to implement "Steinmeier formula"
Germany has urged for the disengagement of forces in eastern Ukraine's Donbas to allow for the implementation of the so-called "Steinmeier formula" of peaceful settlement.
The issue was discussed during a meeting held Tuesday between German foreign minister Heiko Maas and his Lithuanian counterpart Linas Linkevicius, Germanys' Foreign Office reports.
"Conflict resolution remains a top priority for Germany, as the potential peace should have a positive impact on the entire region," the report said.
The foreign office recalled that Germany and France recently supported holding a Normandy Four summit.
"Maas is convinced that such a summit could bring tangible progress for the population. To this end, he once again today appealed to both sides to finally adhere to the agreed ceasefire and disengage. Since only then can the 'Steinmeier formula' be put into practice and the Minsk process – be restored," the report said.
As UNIAN reported earlier, on October 1, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky stated that the Ukrainian side at the talks of the Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk responded to a letter from the OSCE Special Representative Martin Sajdik sent to approve the so-called "Steinmeier formula".
The head of state said that the formula should be implemented in the new law on the special procedure for local governance in certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, since the existing law on the special order of governance in Donbas is valid until December 31, 2019.
According to Zelensky, the Verkhovna Rada will put a new bill out for public discussion, stressing that no "red lines" will be crossed in its text.
On October 16, the president of Ukraine announced that it was too premature to speak about the implementation of the so-called "Steinmeier formula" in the new law on the special procedure for local governance in certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions before the ceasefire is achieved, exchange of prisoners is held, and disengagement of forces in Donbas is completed.