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Waste of time and nerves: Steinmeier acknowledges it was difficult to speak ‘language of diplomacy’ with Lavrov

The tone of the conversation during the meeting of the foreign ministers in the Normandy format, which was held on Monday in Berlin, can hardly be described as diplomatic.

Frank-Walter Steinmeier

It was stated by German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier during the G7 Warm Up, which took place within a meeting of foreign ministers of the "Great Seven" in the German city of Lübeck, Joinfo.ua reports.

"I was sitting with my Ukrainian, Russian and French counterparts until midnight yesterday, and if you had been present there, you would have understood that the diplomatic language is anything else but diplomacy. When it comes to such fundamental differences, people immediately move on to matters. It takes nerves, it takes time. It annoys me sometimes, but there is no alternative," said the minister.

Earlier, we reported that on Monday, April 13, there was held a meeting of foreign ministers of the Normandy Four in Berlin.

The Normandy Four urged to cease hostilities and withdraw heavy weapons from the demarcation line in the Donbas.

"We call for the withdrawal of mortars and heavy weapons below 100mm as well as all types of tanks. We call upon the Trilateral Contact Group in consultation with SMM and JCCC to agree on a relevant schedule," the statement reads.