FMs of Normandy Four to Meet ASAP to Elaborate Recommendations on Ukraine
The foreign ministers of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France agreed to meet as soon as possible and work out recommendations to settle the Ukrainian crisis, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
"The foreign ministers of the Normandy Quartet agreed to hold a meeting as soon as possible," the statement on the ministry's website said on Thursday. Earlier on Thursday, the leaders of the four countries discussed the situation in Ukraine in a telephone conversation. They stressed the need for a stable ceasefire in Ukraine's southeast and withdrawal of heavy artillery by the warring sides, as well as prisoner exchange. According to the Kremlin's press service, the leaders of the four countries also emphasized the importance of monitoring the situation in Ukraine, carried out by the OSCE.
On February 12, Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France worked out a deal on the Ukrainian reconciliation. The ceasefire in Ukraine came into force on February, 15.