President's Office: Normandy Four Berlin Summit closer after political advisers' meeting
Head of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky's Office Andriy Yermak says the meeting of political advisers to Normandy Four leaders, which was held in Berlin on July 3, has brought closer the Normandy summit, involving Ukraine, Germany, France, and Russia.
"Today's meeting brought the summit in Berlin one step closer," the press service of the Office of the President quoted Yermak as saying on July 4.
The parties discussed in detail the implementation of the agreements reached by the Normandy Four leaders at the summit in Paris in December 2019. They also highlighted a number of urgent tasks to be implemented during the upcoming meetings of the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) on Donbas settlement to speed up the negotiation process and create the preconditions for the next Normandy summit in Berlin.
"Participants in the meeting agreed that every effort should be made to fully implement the decisions taken at the Normandy summit in Paris. In particular, the parties agreed on the need to take real measures to ensure a full and comprehensive ceasefire," the press service added.
"The agreements reached at the Normandy Four Paris Summit must be fulfilled. Ukraine, as well as its Normandy format partners, France and Germany, have shown willingness to do their utmost to achieve this," it said.
Meanwhile, the Russian side took a pause to prepare a response to the consolidated stance of Ukraine, France and Germany.
In the near future, the parties will agree on an agenda for the work of the TCG to converge positions for the sake of holding the summit in Berlin.