Germany Seeks to Organize Second Normandy Quartet Meeting

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel is hoping to organize another Normandy Quartet meeting on Ukrainian settlement with French President Francois Hollande, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, a government source told German media.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — In February 2015, Kiev forces and eastern Ukraine's pro-independence militias signed a peace agreement in the Belarusian capital of Minsk after talks of the Normandy Four countries, comprising Russia, Germany, Ukraine and France.

"We are trying to organize another meeting soon," the source told the Stuttgarter Nachrichten newspaper.

The four leaders' advisers met for preliminary talks in Minsk last week, according to the source.

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The talks aim to clarify the next steps to be taken toward implementing the Minsk accords on resolving Ukraine's conflict, the government source added.

In May, Putin held phone conversations with French, German and Ukrainian Normandy format counterparts on the settlement of the crisis in southeastern Ukraine, in which he stressed the need to comply with the ceasefire stipulated by the Minsk accords. After the conversation, the French presidency said that the four leaders confirmed their commitment to implementing the Minsk agreements.

The deal stipulates a full ceasefire, weapons withdrawal from the line of contact in eastern Ukraine, as well as constitutional reforms which would give a special status to the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics.

Russia has been accusing Ukraine of stalling the implementation of the deal by delaying constitutional reforms.

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