Merkel, Steinmeier have unified position on resolving Donbas conflict
German Ambassador to Ukraine, Ernst Reichel does not believe that German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier have different positions with regard to resolving the conflict in Donbas.
"From my own working experience in Berlin, I can say that this perception does not match reality. The federal chancellor and the federal minister carefully coordinate their actions, as well as their counterparts," Reichel said in an exclusive interview to Interfax-Ukraine.
The diplomat also noted that the communication in the Normandy format (Germany, Ukraine, France, the Russian Federation) are carried out at different levels, both at the heads of government level and at ministerial and various officials levels. It would be impossible to reasonably work if there wasn’t close cooperation.
Reichel said that the visit of Foreign Minister of France Jean-Marc Ayrault and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier will be held in Kyiv within the framework of the work in the Normandy format.
"The visit of the two ministers is due to the negotiation process in the framework of the "Normandy format", so they are coming together. In addition, Federal Minister Steinmeier chairs the OSCE. Thus, the main issues are to be focused on the implementation of the Minsk agreements, as well as on the activities of observation of OSCE SMM mission in Ukraine on ceasefire in Donbas," the ambassador said.