Conditions fulfilled? Merkel will try to gather the “Norman Quartet”

Условия исполнены? Меркель попытается собрать «нормандскую четверку»After a telephone conversation with Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel and the head of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, the German politician has promised in the negotiations with the Russian and French representatives to discuss the date of holding the summit in “channel format”. In addition, the office of the Ukrainian President noted that the two sides agreed that the conditions for holding international meetings executed.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a telephone conversation with President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky promised to use the next meeting with the Russian and French representatives to discuss the summit in “channel format”.

“Angela Merkel stressed that the position of Germany in supporting Ukraine on the path to peace in the Donbass. She stated that they would use upcoming contacts with partners in the channel format to achieve agreement on the date of the next summit,” — quoted TASS the press service of the office of the Ukrainian leader.

Meanwhile, a similar statement was published and the German side. In the press service of the German government States that both politicians converged on the view that the conditions for holding a meeting of leaders “Norman Quartet” performed.

It is noted that previously the contact group in Minsk agreed on the divorce of forces on the contact line and determined the order “local elections in Eastern Ukraine and the entry into force of the special status for this region.”

In addition, Angela Merkel and Vladimir Zelensky discussed the issue of withdrawal of the opposing forces in the Donbass. “Vladimir Zelensky told the interviewee about the security situation in the Donbass. The sides discussed issues of withdrawal of forces near Petrovsky and Gold [settlements in the East of Ukraine] as well as the progress of the restoration of the bridge near the Village Lugansk”, — reported in the office of the Ukrainian head of state.

It is worth noting that the meeting “channel four” — the leaders of Germany, Ukraine, Russia and France — were previously accepted certain conditions. In particular, the parties found that will hold a summit only if it is accepted “formula Steinmeier” and there will be a withdrawal of forces on both sides of the line of contact.

On 1 October members of the contact group signed the “formula Steinmeier,” which determines the order of assignment on a regular basis of the special status of the self-proclaimed people’s republics. First, it is set in the Donbass temporarily, and then, after the recognition of the OSCE’s vote is legitimate, the special status of the republics will gain final legal force.

On the same day as transfers TASS, the contact group agreed on the breeding of the forces in the Donbass that then confirmed the Ukrainian leader. The next day, October 2, the Ukrainian defense Ministry said that the armed forces of the country is technically ready to start of a process that encompasses several nuances. First, the withdrawal must occur the mirror, that is, each side at a distance of 1 km from the line of contact uniformly leaves the position. Second, for seven days on the site drainage should be established truce. Third, the first leaves the personnel on both sides, and then the opponents dismantled their civil construction and demining of the territory.

According to the special representative of the head of the OSCE Martin Sajdik, breeding in Gold and Petrovsky was to begin on 7 October, reports TASS.

However, on this day, the process has not begun, and in time there were problems in communication of the opponents, which led to another disruption of the withdrawal.

However, in the republics still hopes to bring the planned contact group plan until the end, and on 10 October another attempt would be made breeding forces.

Earlier, the Deputy Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Andrey Rudenko in comments to RIA “Novosti” said that talking about holding the summit in “Norman format” without the completion of the main conditions is impractical.

“It’s still hard to talk about it, because the dilution that we had expected in the region of the village of gold has actually been torn in the Petrovsky too. Without that to talk about the convening of the summit we believe it is premature. Breeding should take place in accordance with the agreed in Minsk contact group plan, and the OSCE mission needs to verify. After that we will talk about the summit,” — noted the Deputy Minister.
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