Normandy Quartet’s meeting begun, Dep. Russian Chief of Staff arrives

F.P Report

BERLIN: On January 12th, Russian Embassy in Germany reported that the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Russian Presidential Executive Office Dmitry Kozak has arrived in Berlin to take part in a meeting of the Normandy Quartet’s (Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France) political advisers.

Additionally the sources from the German Cabinet have mentioned in reply to a request from news agency that the political advisers “maintain close and permanent contact,” without elaborating, though.

The previous meeting of the Normandy Quartet’s political advisers took place in Berlin on September 11, 2020.

Kremlin Spokesperson Dmitry Peskov informed journalists on December 23rd that Dates of a new summit of the Normandy Quartet leaders can be discussed only after agreements of the previous meeting are implemented.

He remarked “Before talking about dates, it is necessary to sum up somehow the implementation of those agreements reached at a summit in Paris in December 2019]. And in this respect you know that there is nothing particularly to brag about.”

It should be noted that at the latest summit in Paris on December 9, 2019, the participants passed a final statement, supporting amendments to the Ukrainian constitution based on the “Steinmeier formula” and enshrining a special status for Donbass in the Ukrainian constitution, as well as expressed adherence to the establishment of a complete ceasefire in Donbass.

However, most of the points have not been implemented.