PARIS, Jan 27 (Asia Free Press): The advisers of the leaders of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine will meet for fresh talks in two weeks in Berlin, the German capital, on the Russia-Ukraine ongoing escalations, according to media reports.
According to a statement from France’s Elysee Palace, the advisers of the leaders of the Normandy format (N4) countries met Wednesday in Paris with the participation of the representatives of the foreign ministries, reported Anadolu Agency.
The statement comprised, the advisers reaffirmed that “the Minsk agreements are the basis of the work of the Normandy Format and are committed to reduce current disagreements on the way forward.”
“They support unconditional observance of the cease-fire and full adherence to the measures to strengthen the cease-fire of 22 July 2020 regardless of differences on other issues of the implementation of the Minsk agreements,” it stated.
“They discussed the importance for the TCG (the Trilateral Contact Group) and its working groups to intensify their work with a view of swift progress in the implementation of the Minsk agreements,” it noted in the issued statement.
Earlier, a day ago, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, in a joint press conference in Berlin, have stressed their support for Ukraine and reiterated their position that Russia would pay a high price if it attacked its smaller neighbor like Ukraine, former USSR member.
Later, Russia denies it plans to invade Ukraine but is demanding legally binding security guarantees from the United States and NATO. It said with a great concern after the United States put 8,500 troops on alert to be ready to deploy to Europe in case of an escalation in the Ukraine crisis.