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"Normandy Four" Meet in Berlin
NO BREAKTHROUGHS AT TOP-LEVEL MEETING, BUT LEADERS OF RUSSIA, GERMANY, FRANCE, UKRAINE REAFFIRM IMPORTANCE OF MINSK AGREEMENTS IN
ANY SETTLEMENT OF THE DONETSK BASIN CONFLICT; MAIN RESULT IS AGREEMENT TO DRAFT ROAD MAP
BY END OF NOVEMEBER ON THEIR IMPLEMENTATION
‘NORMANDY FOUR’ PROPOSES ROAD MAP FOR DONETSK BASIN. (By Yury Paniyev. Nezavisimaya gazeta, Oct. 21, 2016, p. 1. Complete text:) The situation in southeastern Ukraine can only be settled on the basis of the Minsk agreements [see Current Digest, Vol. 66, No. 37, pp. 3 - 6 and Vol. 67, No. 7, pp. 3 - 7]. That is the conclusion the leaders of Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine reached following negotiations that ended early Thursday morning [Oct. 20] in Berlin. As expected, there was no breakthrough at the summit. The participants instructed their foreign ministers to continue working on a road map for implementing Minsk-2.
This year’s first meeting of the "Normandy Four" leaders took place at the Federal Chancellery behind closed doors and lasted about five hours. Journalists were shown a three-minute video recording without audio of the start of the negotiations. Summit host German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Francois Hollande and Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko seated themselves at a round table, each accompanied by two representatives. Putin was flanked by Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and presidential aide Vladislav Surkov.
Even a few hours before the talks, participants commented that they weren’t expecting much. And indeed, not much happened. "As I predicted yesterday, no miracles were achieved today, but we discussed the working process, which has many nuances. Accordingly, work now needs to be done in the areas of security and political implementation, as well as - and this was the progress made today - on the creation of a road map," said Merkel, remarking on the meeting.
She commented that ...