German, French foreign minister to head to Ukraine next week

September 7, 2016 17:44

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Wednesday said he would travel to Ukraine with his French counterpart next week to discuss if, and when, broader Normandy format talks that also include Russia could be scheduled.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday had said Russia would continue to support the Normandy format talks, which are aimed at ending fighting in eastern Ukraine, with the leaders of Germany, France and Ukraine.The German foreign minister had told reporters in Oslo, Norway on Sunday that he hoped a new regulation aimed at maintaining a fragile "back to school" ceasefire in eastern Ukraine could be completed soon by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

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