Russian side said there was no breakthrough in negotiations
In Berlin, negotiations were held between political advisers to the leaders of the Normandy Four countries. Deputy head of the Russian presidential administration Dmitry Kozak stated this, reports TASS.
“I don’t dare say that there is a breakthrough. Today, a complex and thorough discussion took place on all aspects of the conflict settlement in accordance with the Minsk agreements. It took enough time to understand Ukraine’s position regarding the whole package of measures and other Minsk agreements,” Kozak said.
Negotiations of political advisers in Berlin lasted about 10 hours. On the Russian side, Dmitry Kozak, Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration, took part in them, German Advisor to the Chancellor Jan Hecker, the French – Advisor to the President of France Emmanuel Bonn, and the Ukrainian – Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Andriy Yermak.
According to Kozak, it was finally possible to come to an agreement on the adoption of a set of additional ceasefire measures between the belligerents in the Donbas. Three months of discussion of this issue in the Minsk TKG did not give any result.
They agreed to finalize the final document by telephone.
The meeting participants could not reach consensus on amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine in order to consolidate the special status of Donbas.
Among other things, the negotiators tried to determine the time frame for the new summit. There was no talk of a ministerial meeting. There have been attempts to determine specific dates for the summit.
At the same time, Kozak noted that in the negotiations “European partners are trying to demonstrate objectivity.”
As we reported before, the next meeting of ministers of the Normandy Four member countries could take place in the near future. Dmytro Kuleba, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister, reported that during his meeting with German counterpart Heiko Maas.