Lavrov predicts fruitless conversation of foreign Ministers Norman format

PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKY, April 25 – RIA Novosti. The Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov said that he foresees an important conversation at the upcoming conference with the foreign Ministers of the “Norman” format, but does not expect any effect on its results.

Earlier, Lavrov said that the video conference of foreign Ministers of the “Norman” format, scheduled for next week.

“I foresee quite probably an important conversation at the Ministerial level, because all this we have spoken many times Germany and France. I asked them to take responsibility after all to encourage the Ukrainian authorities to engage in a fair and constructive work, but some result, frankly, do not expect from this conference, except that the Ukrainian colleagues probably will again say “let’s get together in Berlin,” said Lavrov in the program “the Big game” on the First channel.

In the first three years the summit of the countries “Norman Quartet”, which was held in Paris on 9 December 2019, the parties adopted a joint communique and agreed to meet in four months in Berlin to continue work on resolving the situation in Donbas. The communiqué stressed that the Minsk agreements remain the basis for work in the Normandy format, provided by the breeding forces by the end of March 2020 in three new points in the Donbass. The leaders also called on to provide up to the end of the ceasefire in the Donbass.

the Ukrainian Authorities in April 2014 began a military operation against the breakaway LC and the DNI, which declared independence after a coup in Ukraine in February 2014. According to the latest UN victims of the conflict were about 13 thousand people. The settlement of the situation in the Donbass is discussed, in particular, during meetings in Minsk the contact group, which from September 2014 adopted three documents regulating the steps to de-escalate the conflict. However, after the armistice agreements between the parties to the conflict continue shooting.