The negotiations in the "Normandy format" between the Foreign Ministers of France (Laurent Fabius), Russia (Sergey Lavrov), Ukraine (Pavlo Klimkin) and Germany (Frank-Walter Steinmeier) in Berlin ended up with the decision to withdraw heavy artillery from the contact line in the area of anti-terrorist operation. It was reported by Pavlo Klimkin, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine after the meeting.
"The main consensus is the fact that the Russian Federation will promote the withdrawal of heavy artillery from the contact line, agreed upon on September 19," Klimkin said.
It should be noted that according to the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, after the introduction of the Minsk agreements the militants have seized 500 sq. km of the Ukrainian territory.
After the last meeting of the foreign ministers in the "Normandy Format" on January 12, the parties reported that the meeting of presidents in Astana, scheduled for January 15-16, was called off, as it was too early to hold it.
Earlier, after a telephone conversation between President Nursultan Nazarbayev and his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko the press service of the President of Kazakhstan reported that the meeting of the leaders of Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine in the "Normandy format" for situation resolution in Ukraine was suggested to be held in late January.