The Ukrainian side categorically does not want to implement the Minsk agreements on settlement in the Donbass, approved by the UN Security Council, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
“We continue contacts within the Normandy format (Russia, Ukraine, Germany, France in the Donbass – ed.)”, – he said during an online press conference.
The minister added that “a meeting of advisers and political assistants to the leaders of the Normandy format has recently taken place.
“It again confirmed that the Ukrainian side categorically does not want to implement the Minsk agreements approved by the UN Security Council”, – the minister said.
He also mentioned that there was no direct answer to their representatives’ direct question, and they, of course, expected Germany and France as accomplices of the “Normandy format” to contribute their share of responsibility for the position that Kiev should take with respect the most important document called the Minsk Set of Measures.
Last Friday in Berlin, negotiations were held between advisers to the leaders of four countries in which they participated: from the Russian side – Dmitry Kozak, from the German – Jan Hecker, from the French – Emmanuel Bon, and from the Ukrainian – Andrei Ermak. According to the Ukrainian side, the meeting lasted 11 hours. Kozak said that at the talks on Friday in Berlin, the parties worked out a concrete mechanism for the implementation of a ceasefire in the Donbass, but it’s very, very early to talk about the Norman Four summit.In the United States, 60,000 new cases of COVID-19 have been identified