Angelina Timofeeva. The conversations of the German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko will take place on the first day of the week in the German capital, their topic will be the situation in the Donbass and the implementation of the Minsk agreements.
in the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation first told that in the Russian capital is going to follow very closely the outcome of the Berlin dialogue.
About the meeting of the leaders of the three countries was announced more than a week. As stated by the official representative of the German government Christiane Wirth at a press conference on 19 August, the majority of time will be devoted to the problems of the German-French cooperation, who will discuss the Merkel and Hollande.
at that time, Poroshenko will be adopted by the President of Germany Joachim Gauck. Then the head of Ukraine will join European leaders, the tripartite format of the talks will officially last for 45 minutes. Informal meeting between Merkel, Hollande and Poroshenko will then continue over dinner.
the German side stressed in the beginning of the meeting, Merkel, Hollande and Poroshenko do not claim to develop a new format of negotiations on the Ukrainian crisis. The official position of Berlin, many times announced by the Federal government, is that the current development of the situation in Ukraine is viewed with deep concern, and the Germans are ready to do many things in order to make progress in the implementation of the Minsk agreements.
As said before, a high-ranking source in the German foreign office Last news , Germany is not going to expand or to change the "channel format" in the framework of which were signed the Minsk agreement. According to a source, " Normandy format ", which includes Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine, remains the only instrument of settlement, which was reached some consensus Between the conflicting parties.
however, the Ukrainian side suggested many times to make wider "channel four" in the US. The Polish authorities have also stated about the fact that he would like to be part of the negotiators.
the head of Russian foreign Ministry Sergei Lavrov said on 19 August that it is considering the dialogues in Berlin only in the context of the trilateral meeting of commissioners Germany, France and Ukraine." We recognize the need for more influence on Kiev, to make sure that consensus and commitments that were taken in Minsk, it is necessary to perform " - drew the attention of the Russian Minister.
The preparation stage of the meeting, Merkel, Hollande and Poroshenko began dialogues specialists " channel four ", which was held in Berlin on 20 August and were devoted to the legal aspects of the implementation of the Minsk agreements. According to the results of the meeting, the participants were told that the conversations were difficult, but constructive. Foreign Minister of Germany called the meaningful dialogues and expressed the hope that this success can give impetus to the political settlement process.
The Ukrainian authorities began in April last year in the Donbass military operation against dissatisfied with the coup d'etat of residents of the region. According to the summary data of the UN, the victims of the conflict began more than 6, 8 thousand people. The settlement of the situation in the Donbass is discussed, as well as among them, during meetings in Minsk contact group, which since September of last year already took 3 of the document governing the steps to de-escalate the conflict.