26 Apr 2018 12:55

Disagreements with Russia remain on Minsk implementation roadmap - German ambassador to Ukraine

KYIV. April 26 (Interfax) - The discussions regarding a roadmap for the implementation of the Minsk Agreements reveal fundamental disagreements between Germany, France, and Ukraine on the one hand and Russia on the other, particularly as concerns the sequence of steps, and there is therefore no finalized text yet, German Ambassador to Ukraine Ernst Reichel said in a joint interview he and French Ambassador to Ukraine Isabelle Dumont gave to Interfax.

Germany, France, and Ukraine insist on giving priority to security in Donbas, accenting a ceasefire and the withdrawal of heavy weapons, while Russia prioritizes the political aspects of the Minsk Agreements, Reichel said.

Dumont said France and Germany are closely cooperating with the United States on Ukraine.

Each time U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker holds talks on Ukraine, there are consultations with French and German officials, she said.

There is very close cooperation among the U.S., France, and Germany, which have no significant differences in their vision of the ultimate goals, which are the implementation of the Minsk Agreements, a ceasefire, and so on, Dumont said.