Ukraine, Russia, Germany, France foreign chiefs to meet in Berlin on Jan 9 – Ukrainian diplomat
A meeting in the "Normandy format", at the level of foreign chiefs of Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine, is due in Berlin on January 9, said a participant of the today's 'Normandy' meeting Ukrainian diplomat Oleksiy Mekeyev.
The Trilateral Contact Group will hold the consultations over the situation in Donetsk and Luhansk regions to confirm abiding by the Minsk agreements, Makeyev, director of the Ukrainian foreign ministry's policy and communication director, tweeted on Monday evening.
Makeyev said on 112.Ukraine TV channel that in the course of the Berlin meeting between the political directors on Monday the parties expressed their concernment for "the Trilateral Contact Group convene in Kyiv in next few days for consultations with the representatives of the definite districts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions…to reach ceasefire, withdrawal of troops and weapon to the contact line, as well as to let people to freely get a humanitarian aid."
"What is also important as the next diplomatic steps, is a conversation between the foreign ministers of "Normandy format" countries on January 9 to cover possible results of the Trilateral Contact Group, if it all in all meets, and to further discuss the text they elaborated today," he said on Monday.
According to Makeyev, Moscow, Kyiv, Berlin and Paris together "will do their best for the meeting, which could possibly held in Astana, to bring definite results."
As reported, the presidents of Russia and Ukraine, Vladimir Putin and Petro Poroshenko, have accepted a proposal for them to hold a meeting in Astana brokered by French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on January 15.