The foreign ministers of the Normandy Four (Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine) Sergey Lavrov, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Laurent Fabius and Pavlo Klimkin met in Berlin on Apr 13 in order to negotiate solutions to the conflict in Ukraine. Their meeting lasted almost four hours.
The first to appear before journalists was Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who said that they had managed to keep the Minsk agreements unchanged. “The foreign ministers of Russia, France, Germany and Ukraine have confirmed their commitment to carry out the agreements signed in Minsk and stressed the need to comply with the decisions on ceasefire and withdrawal of heavy weapons,” Lavrov said.
Another important result of the meeting was the decision to support the initiative to withdraw tanks and weapons below 100mm.
“We have also supported proposals by the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine on the initiative of the Joint Center for Control and Coordination, particularly, one saying that tanks and other weapons below 100mm should also be withdrawn,” the Russian foreign minister said.