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Steinmeier compares Minsk talks with difficult birth

The talks in Minsk were very intense, but the main thing is that there was agreed a ceasefire, says German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

Steinmeier compares Minsk talks with difficult birth

At the end of the Minsk talks, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said they were very intense, but the most important thing is that they managed to achieve an agreement on a cease-fire, Joinfo.ua reports.

"This was a very long night in Minsk. There were extremely difficult negotiations. Everyone knew what is at stake. The consequences were clear to everyone if we were left here today without an agreement. It was ultimately the common belief that this must not happen that made us work hard and negotiate all night here," German minister said.

"I am pleased that it has been possible to agree on a joint statement. I say this without exuberance and certainly not euphoric. Because this was a difficult birth. Outbreaks of violence could still ruin everything," Steinmeier said.

"Today's agreement is not a comprehensive solution, and certainly no breakthrough. But Minsk II could after weeks of violence be a step that could lead us away from a spiral of military escalation and towards political momentum. For this chance, it was worth it," Steinmeier concluded.