Berlin summit set to discuss Ukraine peace agreement
Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine will hold a summit in Berlin on Wednesday to “evaluate the implementation” of the Minsk peace accords for Ukraine, the French presidency said.
The summit will also “discuss the next steps in the process towards ending the crisis in eastern Ukraine,” a statement said on Tuesday.
The meeting between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Russian, French and Ukrainian presidents, Vladimir Putin, Francois Hollande and Petro Poroshenko, was set in a flurry of telephone consultations.
The summit will be the first since October 2015 under the so-called “Normandy Format” grouping of the four countries.
Hollande last week called on all parties in the Ukraine conflict to draw up a roadmap to end the crisis.
The aim would be to help Ukraine regain control of its borders with Russia, he said after talking with Poroshenko.
However, Poroshenko was not expecting much from the talks.
“I am very optimistic about the future of Ukraine but unfortunately not so much about tomorrow’s meeting, but I would be very happy to be surprised,” he said.
Russia, which annexed Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula in 2014, backs a separatist, pro-Moscow insurgency in eastern Ukraine that has claimed nearly 10,000 lives.
Moscow denies claims that it has sent troops and weaponry across its border with Ukraine to fuel the conflict.
Germany currently holds the rotating presidency of the Organization for Security and
I am optimistic about the future of Ukraine but not so much about tomorrow’s meeting.”
Cooperation in Europe, which has monitors in eastern Ukraine.
All sides agreed to a peace deal brokered by Germany and France in February last year.