18 Jun 2018 17:12

Normandy Four summit to be preceded by several expert meetings - Ukrainian foreign minister

KYIV. June 18 (Interfax) - A meeting between the leaders of the Normandy Four nations (France, Germany, Ukraine and Russia) will be preceded by several meetings of experts to set the agenda of the summit, Ukraine's Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said.

"I will say right away that there will be several more expert meetings so that we could determine the content of such a summit, i.e. what agenda is possible, and only then shall we attempt to hold it [the summit] in the near future," Klimkin said in an interview with Interfax.

"I can't tell you the exact date but we definitely aim for the summit to take place and, most importantly, to be productive," Klimkin said.

Key issues will be security, the release of captives, a UN peacekeeping mission in Donbas, and the logic of a roadmap, he said.

At their latest "Normandy-format" meeting the foreign ministers decided on a meeting of their ministries' political directors, Klimkin said.

"We have agreed for them to meet in the near future to discuss what exactly would be the logic of the peacekeeping mission. We are now setting the date. It is a mere technicality. From our side, there will be Political Director Oleksiy Makeyev, there will be a special team that is working to devise a format for the peacekeeping mission," Klimkin said.