Germany to host mini Ukraine summit on Monday

Foreign ministers of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France to meet in Berlin on Monday.

Germany to host mini Ukraine summit on Monday
World Bulletin / News Desk
 
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said he has invited his Russian, Ukrainian and French counterparts to Berlin on Monday to talk about a possible political solution to the eastern Ukraine crisis.

"We want to do everything possible to allow political compromises that would help ease the situation in eastern Ukraine,” Steinmeier said in a written statement on Friday, following a teleconference with his Russian, Ukrainian and French counterparts, who he said have all accepted the invitation.

The Ukrainian government and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine signed a cease-fire agreement on Sept. 5 with the goal of a sustainable cease-fire. The agreement, however, has not been respected. At least 1,357 fatalities have been recorded since then.

Steinmeier said the talks on Monday would focus on clearing the obstacles preventing the full implementation of the Minsk ceasefire agreement.  

“On Monday, we would like to make a fresh attempt to remove the obstacles," Steinmeier said. "It would be wrong not to try.” 

He also said that the full implementation of the Minsk agreement would be a long and difficult road. 

Nazarbayev in Berlin for Ukraine talks

On Friday, Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev visited Berlin to discuss efforts to find a political solution to the crisis in eastern Ukraine.

Nazarbayev held separate meetings with Chancellor Angela Merkel and Steinmeier. Nazarbayev has recently stepped in to try and help find a political solution to the crisis and has carried out extensive talks in Moscow and Kiev in December 2014 to host a summit in Astana in January between Russian, Ukrainian, German and French leaders.

Germany’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Schaefer said at a press conference on Friday that the suggested Astana meeting could only take place if significant progress is seen in the coming days regarding the Minsk ceasefire agreement.  

Diplomatic sources told The Anadolu Agency that disagreements on the demarcation line, the withdrawal of heavy weapons and unhindered humanitarian access continue to be the main points of discussion in the ongoing talks.  

At least 4,707 people have been killed and 10,322 have been wounded in the conflict between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine since mid-April, according to the UN.

 

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