Interfax Reports Crisis Talks About Ukraine in Moscow

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Next Thursday, representatives of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany will meet in Moscow about the conflict in eastern Ukraine, the Russian news agency Interfax reported. France and Germany are participating at “advisory level”, the news agency said, citing a source in the Kremlin.

 

In addition to Ukraine, the responsible Kremlin official, Dmitri Kozak, has also invited Jens Plötner, foreign policy adviser to Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD), and diplomat Emmanuel Bonne, adviser to French President Emmanuel Macron. However, it is not yet known who will join on behalf of Ukraine.

In the group of four countries, France, Germany, Russia, and Ukraine are trying to resolve the conflict in eastern Ukraine, which has been going on for almost eight years. A peace plan agreed in Minsk in Belarus has been shelved. Ukraine and Russia accuse each other of violating the agreement.

On the one hand, relations between Russia and Ukraine and the West, on the other, are under pressure. As a result, Russia has gathered about 100,000 troops on the border with Ukraine.

A meeting is scheduled for January 10 between US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin. NATO and Russia will meet that same week, and a consultation is planned between the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and Russia.

The OSCE has been monitoring compliance with the ceasefire between pro-Russian separatists and the Ukrainian government army for years in Ukraine. According to UN estimates, more than 13,000 people have been killed in clashes between Ukrainian government forces and Russian-backed separatists since 2014.

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