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 "Lost in translation:" German Foreign Ministry denies preparation of new rules for Donbas

German's Foreign Ministry explained the meaning of its leader's statement about a "new cease-fire regulation" in the Donbas, stressing the media misunderstood Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany says the words of Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on the settlement of the situation in the Donbas were misinterpreted by the media, Censor.NET reports citing Deutsche Welle.

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No new initiatives have been worked out, a Foreign Ministry source told DW, commenting on the Reuters' report. As noted, the confusion could be due to the fact the media quoted Steinmeier who spoke non-native English.

On Sunday, Sept. 4, during a visit to Oslo, the news agency quoted Steinmeier as saying: "We are working with the OSCE for a new regulation to keep the cease-fire. We are now in preparation which will allow us to soon meet again on the foreign ministers' level."

According to the source, the minister was talking about the continuation of the work within the existing arrangements rather than the preparation of a new document.

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The foreign minister noted he was dissatisfied with the implementation of the Minsk agreements by both Russia and Ukraine, stressing insufficient security in the Donbas.
 
 
 
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