Germany ready to discuss peacekeeping mission in Ukraine – German minister
Germany is ready to discuss a peacekeeping mission being dispatched to eastern Ukraine, Ukrainian ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnyk has said, referring to a meeting between Verkhovna Rada Chairman Volodymyr Hroisman and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, held in Berlin on Wednesday.
"Germany is ready to discuss a UN peacekeeping mission in eastern Ukraine: Foreign Minister Steinmeier to Rada Speaker Hroisman in Berlin," Melnyk tweeted.
While speaking about the observance of the Minsk agreements, Hroisman and Steinmeier said that it was unfortunate that separatist militants continue to shell the positions of the Ukrainian army.
Steinmeier also expressed his support for the EU granting a visa free regime to Ukrainian citizens.
Steinmeier also criticized the idea of federalizing Ukraine.
He said that federalization is not suitable for Ukraine and may only exacerbate the instability in the country.
He added that a suitable model for Ukraine could be the Polish voivodeship system.
In turn, Hroisman said that the government is developing a comprehensive local government system based on the principles of "ubiquity, subsidiarity and financial self-sufficiency".