: Next Normandy Format talks set to take place in Berlin - Stuttgarter Zeitung

15:50 Jun. 20, 2016

Next Normandy Format talks set to take place in Berlin - Stuttgarter Zeitung

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) and French President Francois Hollande (R) hold a press conference following a summit on Ukraine on 02 October 2015, in Paris, France. (Getty Images)

Negotiations may occur during NATO summit on July 8-9

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President François Hollande plan to hold the new Normandy Format meeting with a focus on the conflict in eastern Ukraine. This is reported by the German-language daily newspaper Stuttgarter Zeitung.

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"We are fully committed to organising 'a new edition' of the Minsk summit," the source in the government circles said.

The ‘highest level' meeting regarding the reception of German, French, Ukrainian and Russian leaders already took place a few weeks earlier.

Officials also stated the Minsk agreements implementation made some progress.

Under the best scenario, the new Normandy Format talks can take place even before the 8-9 July NATO Summit in Warsaw, which will help reduce tension around the Alliance session.

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In mid-May 2016, foreign ministers of four countries [Ukraine, France, Germany, and Russia] held the 12th meeting. Security issues topped their agenda. Consequently, the parties agreed to withdraw the military units along the contact line, and to create the demilitarized zones with defined coordinates and time. They agreed to exchange information and cancel military exercises near the contact line.

In late May, the representatives of the four countries held telephone talks. They did not personally meet in such a format since October 2015.

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