During the next meeting of Foreign Ministers of the “Normandy Four’ in Berlin, France and Germany intend on June 11th to present their initiatives for the settlement of the situation in the east of Ukraine. This was reported by the ofﬁcial representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France on June 8th, conﬁrming the participation of the Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian in a meeting. According to their statement:
“As President Macron emphasized on May 24 during his visit to Saint Petersburg, the coming months will be decisive. Without concrete advances on the political, humanitarian, economic, and security fronts, it’s the credibility of the current peace process that is at stake. Everything must be done to end a situation marked by hundreds of cease-ﬁre violations each day, dozens of deaths each month, the use of heavy weaponry, and a deteriorated humanitarian situation for residents of the conﬂict zone, ”
In this regard France and Germany, the representative of the French foreign ministry noted, will “make proposals to Ukraine and Russia in each of these areas in order to build momentum for the full implementation of the Minsk Agreements”. As was emphasized in the statement, these proposals can also promote “the return of Ukraine’s sovereignty over territories currently under separatist control within a framework of local autonomy“.
While the provisos and execution for local autonomy exist within the Normandy Four documents and the Minsk Agreement, the U.S has increasingly shifted the burden of the execution of the ceasefire to Russia, when it is Ukraine which has failed to amend its constitution such to allow local autonomous rule for Novorossia.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France also noted that Jean-Yves Le Drian, ‘attending his ﬁrst ministerial meeting in the Normandy format, as is his German counterpart [Heiko Maas] will express France and Germany’s hope that the parties [to the conﬂict] will swiftly recommit to the implementation of the Minsk agreements of September 2014 and February 2015”.
The French diplomatic department in this regard also reminds that “the ministerial meeting in Berlin follows recent contacts between the heads of state and government of the Normandy format countries: a meeting between the French President and the German Chancellor with the Ukrainian President in Aachen on May 10, and trips to Russia by Madam Merkel and the French President on May 18 and May 24-25 respectively,” it is said in the statement of the ofﬁcial representative of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The ministerial meeting will take place in the Normandy format in the Borsig Villa and will begin at 6:30 pm (7:30 pm Moscow time). The last time of the Foreign Ministers of the ‘Normandy Four” met was in February, 2017.