Maas in the European Parliament said that the talks in Normandy format are slow and difficult

Foreign Minister of Germany Heiko Maas at the meeting of the foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament on 13 July said that the talks in Normandy format on resolving the situation in the Donbas have been slow and difficult. About it reports “hvil Nemecka”.

He noted that the policy in respect of Ukraine and Russia will be a priority for Germany, which began to preside in the Council of the European Union on 1 July.

Maas recalled that within the EU there is still a “minimal consensus” in policy towards Russia, which is the regular renewal of the sanctions.

“I think we need more… So we want to prepare for the time when Russia will be again harder to talk about strategic relations. I believe that you need to prepare. Because it is a topic that we will deal with in the framework of our presidency of the EU Council,” said Maas.

According to him, to change or restoration of strategic relations between the EU and Russia “need a solution in Ukraine”.

The head of the German foreign Ministry said that the talks in Normandy format are difficult, progress has been limited, but “the decision on the East of Ukraine will be the precondition that within the EU it was possible to speak about the topic of Russia.”

He recalled that a complete cease-fire the parties to the conflict never reached, and the agreement of the summit, “Norman four” in Paris in December 2019 for the breeding of forces is not fulfilled.

In 2014, immediately after the annexation of Crimea, Russia has begun armed aggression in Eastern Ukraine. Fighting underway between Ukraine’s Armed forces on the one hand, and the Russian army and Russian-backed militants, who control part of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions, on the other. Officially, Russia does not recognize its invasion of Ukraine, despite Ukraine presented the facts and evidence.

Negotiations on conflict settlement are being conducted in the framework of the trilateral contact group in Minsk (Ukraine – OSCE – Russia) and “Normandy format” (Ukraine – Germany – France – Russia).

9 Dec 2019, in Paris the first three years of the summit of leaders “Channel four”. In the final communiqué stated that the parties agreed on a ceasefire, the opening of new border crossing points, the exchange of detainees by the formula “all for all” before 31 December 2019, the dilution of forces and resources at three new sites in the Donbass, to extend for a year the law “On special order of local government in certain districts of Donetsk and Lugansk regions” and the extension of the mandate of the special monitoring mission of the OSCE. The agreement has been partly implemented. It was expected that the next summit will be held in March – April 2020, but this has not happened.

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