The Kiev authorities and self-proclaimed republics in eastern Ukraine could sign an agreement to withdraw forces from the lines of conflict in three areas in Donbas next week if the ceasefire holds, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said Wednesday.
KIEV (Sputnik) — "Going back to security issues, I would like to say that next week we will witness a crucial stage, that will simultaneously give us both consolidation of these achievements and certain hope, namely, for conduction of the aforementioned [Normandy Format] top-level summit. Signing and implementation of the agreement on troops withdrawals in three areas have been mentioned. I will not go into details of the agreement but I will highlight that we expect and hope for all the parties to make the necessary efforts," Jean-Marc Ayrault said at a joint press conference with his German and Ukrainian counterparts in Kiev.
Ayrault and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier arrived in Kiev on Wednesday to hold a meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on implementation of Minsk agreement and guarantying ceasefire observance.
On Tuesday, the leaders of eastern Ukraine's self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) and Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) scheduled the launch of the unilateral ceasefire on September 15.