France, Germany, Ukraine and Russia to meet to end eastern Ukraine conflict

The leaders of Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine have agreed to meet to discuss the implementation of the Minsk peace plan that was supposed to end the conflict in eastern Ukraine and to consult on further steps, a German government spokesman said.

Steffen Seibert said on Tuesday that Merkel had invited the other leaders to Berlin for the talks on Wednesday evening - just over a year after the four leaders last met in this so-called "Normandy" format.

The Minsk agreement was negotiated by Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France in February 2015 to end the fighting which broke out in eastern Ukraine after the fall of a Moscow-backed president and the arrival in power of a pro-Western leadership.