10:58 Oct. 19, 2016
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.
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‘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.
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.