Ber­lin sum­mit set to dis­cuss Ukraine peace agree­ment

China Daily (USA) - - WORLD - By AGENCE FRANCEPRESSE in Ber­lin

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.”

Petro Poroshenko,

Ukraine

pres­i­dent

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.

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