The head of the German foreign Ministry expressed doubts about a quick settlement in the Ukraine

Sigmar Gabriel

Foreign Minister of Germany Sigmar Gabriel said that is not optimistic concerning the settlement of the crisis in Eastern Ukraine in the near future. About it reports Reuters.

According to the head of the German foreign Ministry, due to the fact that both sides violate the ceasefire.

Earlier on June 26, the President of France Emmanuel macron said the need to hold negotiations in the format “Norman Quartet.” He said this after a meeting with his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko in Paris.

Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov confirmed to reporters that the Kremlin is discussing the possibility of holding a telephone conversation in the format “Norman Quartet.”

May 20, Poroshenko said that Kiev does not see alternative to Minsk agreements and insist on their full implementation.

The Minsk agreement is the document agreed in February 2015, the leaders of the “Normandy four” — Germany, France, Ukraine and Russia. It is aimed at de-escalation of the armed conflict in the East of Ukraine and provides, in particular, the introduction in the Donbass cease-fire, withdrawal of heavy weapons, a legislative recognition of the special status of the region.

Western countries constantly laying on Moscow responsibility for the implementation of the Minsk agreements, as well as link it to the lifting of sanctions. In turn, Russia reminds that it is one of the guarantors of the Minsk process, and not a party to the conflict.

Crimea became part of Russia after the March 2014 referendum in which the decision was made by the majority of the members voting. Kiev refuses to recognize the results of the plebiscite. Moscow insists that the referendum was carried out in accordance with all norms of international law.