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World Ukraine and Russia interests 'far apart' as peace talks resume in Berlin

03:50  12 june  2018
03:50  12 june  2018 Source:   dw.com

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However, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, who will mediate the talks in Berlin along with his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian, warned ahead of the meeting that " Ukraine and Russia 's interests and views lie far apart in many areas."

The interests and standpoints of Ukraine and Russia are far apart in many areas." His French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian warned Friday that "the credibility of the current peace process is at stake", given a daily death toll and deteriorating humanitarian situation.

  Ukraine and Russia interests 'far apart' as peace talks resume in Berlin © picture-alliance/AP Photo/V. Ghirda

Germany's Heiko Maas will host the foreign ministers from Russia and Ukraine on Monday, as talks aimed at resolving the Ukraine conflict resume for the first time in 16 months. Maas has warned that talks will be "tough."

Russia and Ukraine officials are set to meet for first time in over a year on Monday, suggesting the two sides may be prepared to restart efforts to resolve the civil war in eastern Ukraine.

However, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, who will mediate the talks in Berlin along with his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian, warned ahead of the meeting that "Ukraine and Russia's interests and views lie far apart in many areas."

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Further Reading. Speaking after a three-and-a-half-hour meeting with his French, Russian , and Ukrainian counterparts in Berlin on September 12, Steinmeier said the talks had been 'less The leaders of Russia , Ukraine , France, and Germany are due to meet in Paris on October 2 to discuss

Talks in Berlin between the foreign ministers of Germany, Russia Just as at the previous meeting in Paris on March 3, the ministers of Ukraine , Russia , Germany and France remained at odds in Berlin on May 11 Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier describing the parties' positions as“ far apart ."

"The implementation of the Minsk accords stalled for too long, at the expense of the people in eastern Ukraine, who wish for nothing more ardently than peace," Maas told German daily paper Bild. "I have no illusions — the new start will be difficult."

Berlin's top diplomat also indicated that he hoped Monday's talks would pave the way to resuming talks in the so-called Normandy format — bringing together the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France — with the aim of implementing the 2015 Minsk peace accords agreed in the Belarussian capital.

That agreement has largely proved ineffective, as daily clashes between Ukraine forces and pro-Russian separatists continue, particularly in the Donbass and Luhansk regions.

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A roadmap of measures that will point a way out of the Ukrainian crisis has been agreed during four-way talks between the foreign ministers of Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine , German FM Frank-Walter Steinmeier said. In their joint statement, the ministers called for the Contact Group to resume

meeting with his French, Russian , and Ukrainian counterparts in Berlin on September 12, Steinmeier said the talks had been "less Commander Says U.S. Has Shared Interest With Russia In Afghanistan. 9. Police Break Silence After Video Shows Far -Right Attack On Kyiv Roma. Ukraine .

Such an outcome seems hopeful at best, however, given the heightened tensions between the West and Russia. Relations were again tested in March, as several western states expelled Russian embassy staff over Moscow's alleged poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the English town of Salisbury.


Putin's warnings to Kyiv

Ahead of the talks, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counter Petro Poroshenko shared a rare phone call on Saturday, in which the pair discussed an "exchange of people being held" by both sides.

The call came just two days after Putin warned that any military "provocations" from Ukraine during the FIFA World Cup in Russia would have "very severe consequences for Ukraine as a state."

Also last week, France with support from Germany drafted a UN Security Council resolution condemning "continuous violations of the ceasefire" and "the tragic humanitarian situation" on the frontline." The resolution went on to back the immediate withdrawal of heavy artillery from the Donbass region by both sides — a proposal adopted unanimously, including by Russia.

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