: 'We managed to prevent open war in Europe' - Steinmeier on Ukrainian conflict

11:48 May. 11, 2016

'We managed to prevent open war in Europe' - Steinmeier on Ukrainian conflict

German Minister of Foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier (UNIAN Photo)

De-escalation in Donbas achieved but implementation of Minsk deal is as fast as snail

Germany and France have put a lot of efforts in mediating in the Ukrainian conflict. The countries have been successful so far to prevent an open war in the middle of Europe.

German Foreign Affairs Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier stated on May 10, the security situation in eastern Ukraine remained risky, but less so than a year ago. However, Steinmeier added, the implementation of the Minsk agreement was not going fast enough.

Read also: Situation is ‘desperate' in implementing Minsk – Kremlin

"We have been pushing for months, without real success, to persuade Moscow, Kyiv and the separatists. If any progress at all as been made on this – on the political solution – then it has been a snail, edging forwards by mere millimetres", Steinmeier said.

The statement emerged a day before the Normandy Four meeting was set to take place. The Minister expressed hope the summit would help solve key issues and reach compromise between all sides of the conflict.

"One thing is for sure: the Minsk process cannot be extended indefinitely. Tomorrow therefore needs to bring not only the conflict parties' clearly expressed commitment to the Minsk process but also, and primarily, progress on implementing it", Steinmeier underlined.

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Earlier the Normandy Four members announced they would hold a session on May 11. They said the local elections in eastern Ukraine would top the meeting's agenda.

Ukraine's Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin also promised to bring up the issue of Nadiya Savchenko's extradition.

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