: Germany initiates new Normandy talks

14:11 May. 2, 2016

Germany initiates new Normandy talks

Foreign Ministers of Russia, Ukraine, France, and Germany prior to their meeting to discuss the Ukraine crisis, Thursday, March 3, 2016. (AP photo)

Meeting is set to take place on May, 11th

The next 'Normandy Format' talks are set to take place in Berlin, on May 11. German Foreign Minister Frank Walter-Steinmeier invited his Ukrainian, French and Russian counterparts to negotiate and resolve the situation in eastern Ukraine, reports Deutsche Welle.

"I consider it crucial to give one more try to overcome tensions between Kyiv and Moscow. We have lost a good deal of time. The bilateral ceasefire regime has become fragile, new victims are reported every day," said Steinmeier to German weekly Welt am Sonntag on Sunday, May 1st.

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According to Steinmeier, the upcoming Normandy meeting will focus on preparations for local elections in eastern Ukraine. He added 'there are some precise proposals concerning the issue'. The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), currently headed by Germany, is willing to check the bilateral ceasefire implementation.

As reported previously, Russian-backed separatist forces increased shelling despite the Minsk agreement, signed by the Trilateral Contact Group on Donbas, on April 29. The document urged Russia and Russian-backed separatist forces to stop fighting during the Easter holidays.

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