The leaders of Russia, France, Germany, and Ukraine agreed to establish a regular control mechanism in the "Normandy format" during the talks in Minsk on the situation in the Donbas. The mechanism will be at the level of senior officials of the Foreign Ministries, Censor.NET reports citing zn.ua.
"The leaders will extend their commitment to fulfillment of the Minsk Agreements. To this end, they agreed to establish a control mechanism in the "Normandy format" which will meet at regular intervals, usually at the level of senior officials representing Foreign Ministries," the Declaration adopted at the "Normandy Four" Minsk summit reads.
The document called the "Set of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreement", which the Contact Group had signed after the talks, provides for the creation of working groups to implement aspects of the Minsk Agreement.
The Kremlin official website published the full text of the joint statement of the "Normandy Four" leaders:
"Declaration of the President of the Russian Federation, the President of Ukraine, the President of the French Republic and the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany in support of the full implementation to the Minsk Agreement, adopted on Feb. 12, 2015.
"Russian President Vladimir Putin, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel confirmed full respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. They firmly believe in the inevitability of peaceful resolution. They are fully prepared to take all possible measures both individually and together to this end.
"In this context, the leaders approve a Set of Measures for the implementation of the Minsk Agreement, adopted and signed in Minsk on Feb. 2015 by all who had also signed the Minsk protocol of Sept. 5, 2014 and the Minsk memorandum of Sept. 19, 2014. The leaders will contribute to this process and use their influence on the parties concerned to facilitate the implementation of the Set of Measures.
"Germany and France will provide technical support for the restoration of the banking system segment in the conflict affected areas, possibly by establishing an international mechanism to facilitate the implementation of social benefits.
"The leaders share the conviction that the strengthening of cooperation between the European Union, Ukraine and Russia will contribute to the settlement of the crisis. For this purpose, they support the continuation of the trilateral negotiations between the European Union, Ukraine and Russia on energy issues in order to carry out the steps for the development of the "winter gas package".
"They also support the trilateral negotiations between the European Union, Ukraine and Russia in order to develop practical solutions to issues of Russia's concern in connection with the implementation of the Agreement on deep and comprehensive free trade zone between Ukraine and the European Union.
"The leaders remain committed to building a common humanitarian and economic space from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean on the basis of full respect for international law and OSCE principles.
"The leaders will continue to be committed to fulfilling the Minsk Agreement. To this end, they agreed to establish a control mechanism in the "Normandy format" which will meet at regular intervals, usually at the level of senior officials representing Foreign Ministries," the Declaration states.
Earlier, an Agreement on withdrawal of heavy weapons was reached. The common buffer zone will constitute 50 km.