Normandy Format: France seeks ‘detailed commitment' on Donbas status

10:58 Oct. 19, 2016

France seeks ‘detailed commitment' on Donbas status

Ukrainians from the East hold in their hands a placard reading 'Donbass is Ukraine', Kyiv, March 13, 2016 (GettyImages Photo)

Normandy Four will meet today in Berlin to discuss the Minsk agreements 

France says Donbas election and further withdrawal of troops will be discussed at the upcoming session of the Normandy Four in Berlin, which is scheduled to take place today, October 19.

Read also: Impotence of Normandy Format

‘We need to get Ukraine and the Russians to go further in (military) disengagement ... to show sincerity', French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said ahead of the meeting, Reuters reports.

‘On the Ukraine reform side ... we need a detailed commitment on the status of Donbass and a calendar', Ayrault added.

Read also: ‘West Putting Pressure On Wrong Side': 7 reasons to reject Steinmeier and Ayrault's offer

Ukraine, in turn, has said that any elections are impossible until Russia fully leaves the region.

‘It all depends on Russia. I can't comprehend how any independent elections can be held while Russian army is still in Donbas', Poroshenko said during a joint briefing with the Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg. 

Germany and Ukraine have already stated they don't expect much from the Normandy Four summit. 

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