“The eight-hour arduous talks finished in Berlin with some tangible results for a meeting of the countries' leaders in the Normandy format in Minsk,” Melnik wrote on Twitter about the discussions in the Normandy format, involving Ukrainian, German, French and Russian diplomats.
- Yes, it's in everyone’s interest that the Ukrainian conflict is solved as soon as possible.20.3% (310)
- It's obvious that each side is doing its best to find a solution, but the outcome is unclear.10.0% (153)
- There are too many conflicting interests. The final agreement is still some way off in the future.43.4% (663)
- The conflict will be resolved through action, not political maneuvering.26.3% (401)
The meeting, which was held behind closed doors, included Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin and Germany’s State Secretary of the Federal Foreign Office Markus Ederer.
The Berlin talks were held in the run-up to the meeting of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and Russian President Vladimir Putin due to take place in Minsk on Wednesday. The leaders are expected to draw up an agreement to help end the violence in eastern Ukraine, which has surged since the beginning of the year.