Berlin to Use OSCE Chairmanship to Focus on Ukraine Crisis Settlement

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Germany intends to use its chairmanship in the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) as yet another option to focus on the Ukrainian crisis settlement, German Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Schaefer said Monday.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko during a session of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine - Sputnik International
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BERLIN (Sputnik) On January 1, Germany took over the rotating OSCE chairmanship. The presiding country is set to focus its work on solving the Ukrainian crisis among other issues.

"[Our] chairmanship in the OSCE reinforces German role, as, thus, we gain one more instrument to conduct a policy… aiming to overcome the Ukrainian crisis," Schaefer said at a briefing.

Southeastern Ukraine has been suffering from a crisis triggered by a military operation against local independence supporters launched by Kiev authorities following a coup in April 2014.

Germany is part of the so-called Normandy format group, alongside Ukraine, Russia and France, that brokered the ceasefire agreement between Kiev and the self-proclaimed Luhansk and Donetsk republics signed in Minsk in February 2015.

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