10:39 Nov. 29, 2016
Discussion will focus on plans to implement a ceasefire agreement for eastern Ukraine's Donbas
The foreign ministers of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine are set to meet on Tuesday, November 29 in the Belarusian capital, Minsk, to discuss plans for implementing a ceasefire agreement for eastern Ukraine.
Officials from the so-called Normandy Four have met repeatedly since February 2015, when the ceasefire known as the Minsk peace deal was reached. The deal, however, was never implemented, and the fighting is still ongoing in eastern Ukraine. The OSCE reports ceasefire violations on a daily basis, including regular artillery, mortar and gunfire.
The leaders of the four countries last met in the so-called 'Normandy Format' in October and agreed to draft a 'road map' which would help to implement the stalled Minsk peace agreement.
Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said last week that he saw no reason to meet as the road map is not ready yet.
Ukraine's Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said prior to the meeting that he would insist on "Ukrainian perspective of the road map" – namely the sequence on the fulfilment of obligations: security issues are first, and political part of Minsk goes second. However, he says, the prospects of any breakthrough are vague.
Kyiv plans to focus on prisoner release, as well as on security and humanitarian situation on the militant-occupied territories of Donbas, Klimkin added according to TSN news service.