“This is very good, a very important meeting. It should not have been postponed and it shouldn’t be avoided because these issues shouldn’t be put off and demand mutual understanding and mutual cooperation between the leaders,” Gorbachev told RIA Novosti.
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“I welcome this and hope that the ice will finally be broken,” Gorbachev added.
Talks on Ukrainian reconciliation have been conducted in four formats to date. These include the Minsk, Weimar, Geneva and Normandy formats, the last of which is composed of the German, French, Russian and Ukrainian leaders.
So far, the most successful meeting on Ukraine was held in Minsk in September 2014. The talks resulted in a ceasefire deal between Kiev forces and independence fighters, but the truce has been repeatedly violated, with both sides to the conflict trading blame for the violence.
The military confrontation in eastern Ukraine severely intensified in 2015, resulting in numerous civilian casualties.