Germany vows to make reviving Normandy format talks key to its EU Council presidency

Reviving talks with Ukraine and Russia will be among the priorities of Germany’s EU Council Presidency, the German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told the EU Parliament’s Foreign Affairs (AFET) committee on Monday.

Germany assumed the EU Council Presidency on July 1 amid a very challenging moment for the European Union, with the bloc’s fiscal response to the Coronavirus crisis and its budget for 2021-2027, the post-Brexit relationship with the UK, and the enlargement process topping the foreign affairs agenda.  

“We want to prepare for the time when we could again talk more intensively about strategic relations with Russia,” Maas told EU lawmakers while presenting the country’s priorities for the EU Council Presidency, adding that 

He added that any progress in bilateral “strategic relations” with Kremlin depend on securing a stable ceasefire and putting an end to the violence in eastern Ukraine. 

The Normandy format was created in 2014, in a bid to resolve the conflict between Kiev and the breakaway republic’s in the eastern part of Ukraine, and involves the leaders of Ukraine, Germany, France and Russia. During his discussion with AFET members, Maas acknowledged that negotiations on the implementation of the Minsk agreements are in a stalemate. 

Maas’ comments came a few days after the German government proposed that the EU imposes sanctions on Russian hackers responsible for a large-scale cyberattack on the Bundestag in 2015.

The massive cyber attack on Germany’s lower house of parliament in 2015, forced its computer systems to be shut down for days, with Germany’s domestic intelligence agency accusing Russia’s military intelligence (GRU) for the cyber hacking.

(c) New Europe


  • Talk about flogging a dead horse, you got more chance of reviving the rotting corpse in Red Square, than you have of reviving this useless format.

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    • Dead horse? You mean Lavrov?
      Rotting corpse? Putin? 😂

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    • Of course Maas runs to the microphones after Ukraine considers the possibility of adding the UK and US to the talks. The Kremlin probably insisted and Maas ran to make the statement in his pajamas.
      Normandy is dangerous for Ukraine and I think the TCG is dangerous for Ukraine too. Budapest must be revived and it is the most logical and legal choice.

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      • Muscovy don’t recognise Budapest either, even though they signed it. The only way is forget any agreements, sanction the crap out of Muscovy, until they bleed.

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        • Agreed but if Budapest became the focus, Moskovia would have no excuses, only whining like little bitches. Besides that, their fear of being held accountable might actually make some progress, as would their seat at the P5 if it were threatened.

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          • Their seat on P5 should be under close scrutiny anyway. I’m sure the GA can kick Muscovy out of the SC altogether.

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            • That would be justice and music to my ears. The Moskali and China regimes are incompatible with democratic institutions.

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              • Interesting reading about removing a country from the UN altogether. It can be removed by recommendations of the UNSC, but the country in dispute, is not allowed to vote, and it’s a majority vote, no vetoes.

                “A Member of the United Nations which has persistently violated the Principles contained in the present Charter may be expelled from the Organization by the General Assembly upon the recommendation of the Security Council.”

                “Decisions of the Security Council on all other matters shall be made by an affirmative vote of nine members including the concurring votes of the permanent members; provided that, in decisions under Chapter VI, and under paragraph 3 of Article 52, a party to a dispute shall abstain from voting.”

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