17:13 Nov. 22, 2016
Details of the plan had to be worked out by the Normandy Four FMs by the end of November
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov sees no possibility to arrange a meeting of the Normandy Four top diplomats in the near future as conditions required for such a summit to take place have not been met.
At the high-level meeting last month in Berlin the leaders of Ukraine, Germany, France, and Russia agreed to draft a 'road map' which would help to implement the 2015 Minsk peace agreement for eastern Ukraine.
However, the details of the plan had to be worked out by the countries' foreign ministers by the end of November.
Speaking in Belarus' capital on November 22, Lavrov said the ministerial meeting depends on the readiness of the Donbas 'road map', but it has not been agreed upon yet.
"The Normandy Quartet leaders gave instructions to their foreign policy aides to draw up a 'road map', the aides have been maintaining constant contacts with each other," the Russian top diplomat was quoted as saying by the TASS news agency.
"The aides have been working to outline the sequence of steps, taking into account the principle of simultaneous efforts, agreed on by the four leaders in Berlin […] Ministerial meeting hinges on an approvable road map. Such consensus is not is sight yet," Lavrov commented.
He added that as soon the 'road map' is prepared, the four countries' foreign ministers would gather to approve it.
On November 21 Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed the 'road map' for the implementation of Minsk in a phone conversation, and agreed that the Normandy Four foreign ministers would meet in late November.
5 key issues must be in the road map to settle the conflict in eastern Ukraine – Deputy Head Kostiantyn Yeliseyev pic.twitter.com/zEvNPyGhYy— The Bankova (@TheBankova) November 22, 2016