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 Meeting in Astana is "postponed for several weeks" - Elmar Brok

The meeting in the ‘Normandy format’ at the level of the Presidents of France, Ukraine, Russia and German chancellor on Ukrainian crisis settlement, previously scheduled for January15, is "postponed for several weeks."

European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs Chairman Elmar Brok said on Monday in Strasbourg during the committee session, Censor.NET reports citing UNIAN.

"The meeting, which was scheduled for this week, will not take place. There is no consensus that the progress required for the meeting to take place is sufficient, despite all the preparatory work between the political directors and ministers (of Foreign Affairs). It was to be held in the 'Normandy format'. But it will be postponed for several weeks," he said.

In this regard, Brock said that "he is no more optimistic, because there was no agreement reached on a sufficient number of points, which, indeed, could be crucial for the result." "The heads of state often gather together but do not reach the result, as it was in Milan," the head of the committee said.

Besides, Brock believes that the main point that must be fulfilled is the strengthening of the Ukrainian border. "We see that there are 7.5 thousand Russian soldiers in the east of Ukraine. We see that the main point of the agreement is to secure the border, because it (the situation) turns to a frozen conflict, or it may already have turned to," he added.

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Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/n319630