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Germany insists on next phase of implementation of Minsk agreements

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier states that Germany expects Ukraine and Russia moving to the political stage of implementation of the Minsk agreements.

Germany insists on next phase of implementation of Minsk agreements

Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Germany, called on Ukraine and Russia to move to the next phase of implementation of the Minsk agreements. He stated it before the talks in the Normandy format in Berlin in an interview with Die Welt, which was published on Monday, April 13, DW reports.

"We expect both Moscow and Kyiv to seize the central issue of the implementation of the next phase of Minsk, which foresees the preparation of local elections in the areas occupied by the separatists, but also humanitarian aid access and reconstruction in eastern Ukraine," said Steinmeier.

The head of the German Foreign Ministry denoted the progress, particularly in withdrawal of heavy weapons from the contact line. He noted that the observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) have achieved success too, "but it is not enough." In addition, Steinmeier recalled the agreement to set up four working groups to implement the Minsk agreements. According to him, this issue will also be a topic for discussion at the meeting in Berlin on Monday.

We also reported that German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier opposed Russian President Vladimir Putin taking part in the G7 summit, which will be held in June 2015 in Bavaria.