The President of Russia Vladimir Putin spoke about the results of many hours of negotiations in Berlin “Normandy format” which ended the night on Thursday. Press-conference of the Russian President to journalists at the airport in Berlin was broadcast channel “Russia 24”.
The Russian President noted that the first part of the talks, where they discussed the situation in the South-East of Ukraine, was devoted mainly to the Minsk agreements. “All participants in today’s meeting confirmed that the basis of settlement in the South-East of Ukraine must lie Minsk agreement, all reaffirmed their commitment to these agreements,” Putin said.
A lot of attention, he said, was paid to security issues. In particular, the parties agreed that should be done in the near future, including breeding of the parties to the conflict in the Donbass. Also “channel four”, the Russian President, has confirmed its willingness to extend the OSCE mission in the areas of removal and storage of equipment in the Donbass.
The meeting also agreed to continue work on the “political track”, including granting special status to the territories of Donetsk and Lugansk regions. Discussed humanitarian issues. “This promotion is a minimum of progress while there is no” – said Putin.
Speaking about the second part of the meeting where the situation in Syria was discussed without Petro Poroshenko, Putin said that he informed the partners that the vision of Moscow is currently happening in Syria and what should be done to combat terrorism and for a definitive settlement of the Syrian conflict.
“I once again reminded our colleagues that Russia proposes to intensify work on the development and adoption of a new Constitution on the basis of which it would be possible to hold preliminary elections and to achieve coordination of positions beforehand between all parties to the conflict, of course, with the involvement of all countries in the region who are involved in this process”, — said Putin.
The President also expressed the willingness of Russia to extend the pause in the air strikes as much as possible. And we hope that our partners, primarily the United States, will do everything in order. to delimit the terrorists and the opposition.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a press conference after the meeting said that the talks on Syria was hard. “It was a very clear and tough exchange of views,” she said.
French President Francois Hollande, speaking to reporters after talks on Syria, described the situation in Aleppo, “the real war crime.”