Normandy Four leaders' meeting may take place in Aug – minister
Deputy Prime Minister for Reintegration of Temporarily Occupied Territories Oleksiy Reznikov says the meeting of the Normandy Four leaders may take place in Berlin in August.
"Perhaps the next Berlin already as a meeting of the political leaders of four countries of the Normandy format should take place after it is clear that Paris [agreements] has been fulfilled," he said during a Svoboda Slova [Freedom of Speech] TV panel show.
"I am convinced such a meeting is possible during August. This is possible provided that we're really moving toward the meeting," the minister added.
At the same time, Reznikov said he does not idealize Ukraine's opponents in the negotiation process.
As UNIAN reported earlier, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel met in Paris on December 9, 2019, to discuss ways to end the war in Donbas.
In particular, they reaffirmed their commitment to the full and comprehensive ceasefire regime by the end of 2019 and supported the arrangement within the Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk on the disengagement of troops and weapons at three new sites in eastern Ukraine by the end of March 2020.
They encouraged the Trilateral Contact Group to promote the release and exchange of detained persons associated with the conflict by the end of the year on an "all for all" basis, starting with "all identified for all identified."
The parties expressed their interest in reaching agreements within the Normandy format and the Trilateral Contact Group on all legal aspects of the law on the special order of local self-government (on the special status) of certain districts in Donetsk and Luhansk regions – as specified in the Comprehensive Set of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk agreements of 2015 – to ensure its continued operation.
They also consider it necessary to incorporate the so-called "Steinmeier formula" into Ukrainian law according to the version agreed by the Normandy Four leaders and the Trilateral Contact Group.