MOSCOW, August 18 (RIA Novosti) – Ukraine’s top diplomat Pavlo Klimkin late on Sunday congratulated his French and German counterparts for supporting him during the four-party talks on the settlement of the Ukrainian conflict, held in Berlin.
“There is no place for a compromise where a government has to cross its “red line.” Ukraine hasn’t crossed it. I felt support of our partners,” Klimkin said.
“I’m grateful to Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Laurent Fabius for their support,” the Ukrainian diplomat added.
The talks between the foreign ministers of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France took place on Sunday evening at the Villa Borsig hotel in Berlin, Germany. According to Steinmeier, the talks were difficult but the sides made progress on certain points.
The foreign chief are expected to report back to their respective heads of government and decide on Monday or Tuesday on the format of follow-up negotiations.
This is the second four-party meeting of the kind. During the previous talks on July 2, also in Berlin, the four foreign ministers agreed on a declaration that called for a peaceful resolution to the conflict in Ukraine's southeast.