On Tuesday, Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, after talks with his counterparts from Germany, France and Ukraine in Minsk, asserted that the Normandy Four ministerial meetings has yielded no breakthrough solutions. He also said Ukraine is to blame for more violations in the security sphere and in what concerns weapons withdrawal than the self-proclaimed republics. At the same time, Lavrov stressed that the Normandy Four casts no doubts at the leaders agreements reached in Berlin and Paris earlier this year. The issue of a possible deployment of an armed mission of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe was not discussed. After the Normandy Four meeting, Lavrov met Frank-Walter Steinmeier, German Foreign Minister, for a bilateral meeting.
Dmitry Peskov, Kremlin’s Spokesman, announced that Russian President, Vladimir Putin, will visit Berlin on 19th of October to take part in the meeting of the Normandy Four group. The official stressed that Putin’s decision to take part in the meeting was unrelated to the escalation of the situation in Ukraine.
The Kremlin believes that Kiev’s calls for forcing Moscow into compliance with the Minsk Accords indicate how complex the situation is. The press secretary stressed that Vladimir Putin is ready to do everything to push forward the Minsk process on the Ukrainian conflict settlement within the Normandy Four format.