Normandy Quartet’s political directors start meeting in Berlin
The meeting of political directors representing the Normandy Quartet states (Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France) has started in Berlin.
Russia is represented by Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin at the meeting.
The meeting is expected to focus on the Minsk Agreements and ways to advance their implementation.
The meeting is taking place amid growing contacts on Ukraine. In particular, the need to faithfully implement the Minsk Agreements was emphasized at the Russian-US summit held in the Finnish capital of Helsinki earlier in the month. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Chief of the General Staff Valery Gerasimov made an unexpected visit to Germany earlier this week. According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, the Ukrainian conflict was discussed at their meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, TASS recalls.
A ministerial meeting of the Normandy Quartet was held in Berlin on June 12. The parties discussed the main aspects of resolving the situation in Donbass and instructed political directors to continue considering a number of issues, including the parameters of the United Nations’ possible mission to Donbass.