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 French and German foreign ministers ready for consultations with Russia on Donbas

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier are ready to initiate consultations with the Russian Federation to discuss aggravation in the Donbas.

The ministers announced this in a conversation with their Ukrainian counterpart Pavlo Klimkin, Censor.NET reports citing the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry press service.

"Our partners confirmed they shared Ukraine's concern and claimed readiness to shortly initiate consultations with the Russian Federation, in order to prevent any negative outcome," the statement reads.

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While on phone with Steinmeier and Fabius, Klimkin drew their attention to a significant deterioration of the situation in the Donbas. He stressed the recent provocations by pro-Russian militants were a deliberate attempt to derail the negotiation process aimed to withdraw weaponry under 100-mm and alleviate the situation near Shyrokyne in the Donetsk region.

Following the conversation, it was agreed that after official contacts of Berlin and Paris with Moscow possible further steps in the Normandy format will be considered including conference calls or personal meetings between representatives of Ukraine, Germany, France and Russia.

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