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Donetsk Authorities Not Objecting to Host Normandy Format Meeting

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The self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) has no objection to host Normandy format meeting in Donetsk, the DPR negotiator said Monday.

Aftermath of Donetsk shelling. File photo - Sputnik International
Ukrainian Forces Shell Donetsk Region Settlements in Violation of Ceasefire
SHAKHTARSK (Sputnik) — On Sunday, Hanna Hopko, the head of the Foreign Affairs Committee of Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada proposed to hold another Normandy format talks in Donetsk.

"We consider any options, if they are useful. We see the complicated situation in Kiev, discord in the government. They are primarily worried about their political future, and in no way think how to implement the Minsk deal," Pushilin told reporters.

He added that the Minsk Agreements for the DPR are, on the contrary, crucial, since "the alternative immediately leads to shelling of our territory."

The Normandy Quartet format, comprising Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine, was created in 2014 to secure a peaceful settlement to the conflict in eastern Ukraine that flared up in April 2014 after Kiev launched a military operation to suppress local pro-independence militias in the regions of Donetsk and Lugansk.

In February 2015, the Quartet leaders worked out a deal on the Ukrainian reconciliation in the Belarusian capital of Minsk. Key points of the Minsk deal include a ceasefire, weapons withdrawal from the line of contact in eastern Ukraine, constitutional reforms, including a decentralization of power in the country, and the granting of special status for the Donbass region.

The four Normandy format countries' diplomats last met on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference in Germany last Saturday. Next meeting, according to Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin, is slated for March 3.

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