German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the latest breakthrough in negotiations related to agreeing on the ‘Steinmeier formula’ paved the way for a meeting of the leaders of Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France in an attempt to implement the Minsk agreements 2015 and the cessation of hostilities between the Russian-led militants and the Armed forces of Ukraine.
“We have taken a step forward, but many more steps remain ahead of us,” Merkel emphasized in Berlin after meeting with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.
At the same time, Merkel was asked about the prospect of lifting sanctions against Russia, Bloomberg reports. The German Chancellor replied that negotiating parties still have much work ahead. According to her, there must be certain conditions for the lifting of sanctions, and therefore, cancellation is now impossible.
At the same time, the France’s foreign ministry announced that significant progress had been made in talks aiming to put an end to the long-running Ukraine crisis.
The results of the negotiations create the conditions for a meeting of the leaders of the “Normandy format” in Paris, Reuters reports.
In particular, France welcomed the agreement on the so-called ‘Steinmeier formula’.
“France welcomes this progress, which became possible thanks to the intensive negotiations that took place in recent weeks within the framework of the so-called “Normandy format” between France, Germany, Ukraine and Russia,” the French Foreign Ministry said.
As The Journalist reported, Ukraine agreed ‘Steinmeier formula’ but didn’t sign anything.