“Norman four” agreed to extend the expiration date of the Minsk agreements for 2016

“Norman four” agreed to extend the expiration date of the Minsk agreements for 2016

MOSCOW, December 30. “Norman four” agreed to extend the expiration date of the Minsk agreements in 2016 following the results of telephone conversation of the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin with Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel, President of the French Republic Francois Hollande and President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko.

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“The leaders discussed in detail the remaining tense and volatile situation in the South-East of Ukraine in the context of the implementation of the agreed 12 February 2015 in Minsk agreements. Agreed to extend the period of validity for 2016. Noted the importance of further work of the contact group for the full and comprehensive implementation of the Minsk package of measures”, – said the press service of the Kremlin.

The leaders of the “Quartet” stressed “the basic need of a strict observance of the ceasefire regime on the contact line in the Donbass”. “This would create preconditions for the implementation of tasks related to the further promotion of a political settlement.

Agreed, in particular, to intensify the discussion in the contact group focused on urgent development and adoption of the law on local elections in certain districts of Donetsk and Lugansk regions”, – said the Kremlin.

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Putin also outlined Merkel, Hollande and Poroshenko assessment of the implications of the implementation of the Association Agreement EC-Ukraine for Russian-Ukrainian cooperation. “Putin stressed that Russia was forced to go to Ukraine to most favored nation treatment in trade”, – said in the Kremlin. The conversation also touched upon “issues related to gas supplies to Ukraine of Russian gas”.

The statement of the Elysee Palace

In the statement of the Elysee Palace, made according to the results of the meeting noted that the outcome of the implementation of the “Minsk-2” will be announced at the meeting of foreign Ministers “channel four”, which will be held until the end of February.

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In Paris also noted that the parameters of the elections in the Donbass must be determined before the end of January. “Special attention was paid to the preparation of local elections in Donbass to be held early next year. All participants of the negotiations expressed their support to the working group on political Affairs, which is designed to facilitate the determination of the parameters of the elections in the period until the end of January 2016, with the assistance of the OSCE and the Venice Commission”, – stated in the message.

The leaders of the countries “Norman Quartet” also “confirmed their determination to achieve a ceasefire in Eastern Ukraine and an immediate agreed withdrawal of heavy weapons”.

Statement Of Kiev

“Channel four” called for a contact group to resolve the situation in Ukraine intensified at the beginning, the discussion on elections in the Donbass, reported the press service of the head of the Ukrainian state by the end of the conversation.

“The sides called in early 2016 to be done in the contact group on the modalities of holding local elections in certain districts of Donetsk and Lugansk regions. This work must be attached the Office for democratic institutions and human rights (ODIHR)”, – stated in the message.

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It is also noted that in this context the President of Ukraine has reiterated that the elections in the Donbass “should be held with the participation of the Ukrainian parties, the Ukrainian media, the Central election Commission, international observers and in accordance with all standards of the OSCE ODIHR”.

To maintain order and security during the electoral process Poroshenko has proposed to deploy on the territory of Donbass “the special mission of the European Union”.

The head of Ukraine said about the need for “immediate access” to Donbass “all international humanitarian missions, in particular the International Committee of the red cross and the Organization “Doctors without borders” and encouraged “to go home all Ukrainian hostages”.

Analytical report “the Minsk agreements. Results-2015”


On 12 February the negotiators of the contact group in Minsk signed the previously agreed with the heads of the participating countries “channel four” document, providing for a ceasefire in the Donbass February 15. The negotiations “Norman Quartet” consisting of the presidents of Russia, Ukraine and France, as well as the German Chancellor continued in Minsk in various formats (in the narrow format with participation of members of delegations) from the evening of 11 February, a total of about 16 hours.