German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel said that the leaders of the Normandy Four format agreed to extend the special status of occupied Donbas.
Merkel said this during a press conference following the meeting of leaders of Normandy Four countries.
“The most difficult point to discuss was the implementation of the Minsk agreements. This is about a special status [of Donbas], to extended its terms,” Merkel said.
Also, according to the Chancellor of Germany, was reached an agreement on landmine clearance in Donbas until 2023.
“We agreed on three points. We know that the ceasefire did not happen. We see that there are many landmines along the contact line, as well as a lack of progress so far. We agreed to eliminate mines until 2023. Of course, we will move further in this direction,” Merkel emphasized.
However, French President Emmanuel Macron said that it was necessary to create the preconditions for local elections in Donbas in four months.
“We also need to instruct the foreign ministers and advisers to agree on political and security measures in order to create conditions for the local elections in 4 months,” Macron said.
The President of France convinced that “this will lay the foundations of confidence, and we will be able to move towards a settlement of the conflict.”
According to TASS, the next meeting of the leaders of the Normandy Four countries (Ukraine, Russia, Germany, France), is scheduled four months later and will be held in Berlin.
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