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 Foreign Ministers of Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France Adopted a Path to Cease-fire

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The meeting of foreign ministers of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany ended in Berlin.

Censor.NET citing TSN reports that the negotiations resulted in the declaration about creation of a tripartite group to resolve the crisis in eastern Ukraine. In the near future representatives of Ukraine, Russia and the EU should prepare the conditions for a ceasefire.

As Censor.NET reports, citing Washington Post, the steps include reopening talks no later than Saturday "with the goal of reaching an unconditional and mutually agreed sustainable cease-fire" to be monitored by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, their declaration said.

It should be noted that the heads of the ministries gathered in Berlin at the invitation of the German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. The meeting was closed to the press and took place in the building of the German Foreign Ministry.

The current negotiations are the second attempt to resolve the conflict through diplomatic means. The first attempt was made by Angela Merkel during a telephone conversation with Presidents of Ukraine, Russia and France.

Read also: Talks between Foreign Ministers of Ukraine, Russia, Germany, and France to Address the Crisis in the Donbas are Talking Place in Berlin

Then Poroshenko at the request of his counterparts announced the suspension of the anti-terrorist operation but it resumed after the separatists continued to attack and negotiations with them became a farce.

The current talks of foreign ministers had two main points. The first one was how to build an effective defense of the Ukrainian border to stop the militants and weapons from Russia coming into Ukraine. Berlin also wants guarantees of security for the OSCE monitors working in the Donbas.

Another objective of the current negotiations was to pave the way for the cessation of hostilities in the Donbas with factual assistance of Russia for the separatists cease fire and not use the truce for relocation, rotation, and further attacks on the Ukrainian military.

 
 
 
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