The foreign ministers of the Normandy Quartet (also known as Normandy 4) are holding talks on the Ukrainian crisis in Minsk November 29. The meeting is taking place at President Hotel.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin was the first to arrive in Minsk. Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov was the last to come. As expected, the talks will hinge around security and humanitarian issues, in particular, the release of hostages.
The capital of Belarus will once again host the Normandy 4 talks. All the basic documents on the resolution of the Ukraine crisis were adopted here and are called Minsk agreements.
Work to organize a meeting of the "Normandy Quartet" in Minsk at the level of the Foreign Ministers was planned immediately after the October talks between the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany in Berlin.
A week ago, the foreign ministers of Germany and France offered to meet in Minsk. The Russian and Ukrainian sides quickly agreed, so the meeting was prepared fairly quickly, in a very short period of time.
The main theme of the talks is to finalize the road map for the implementation "of the Minsk agreements" with reference to the dates and order of items.
Another important point. Now experts note the deterioration of the situation in the south-eastern Ukraine.
OSCE observers have named numerous violations of ceasefire. Moreover, from December 1, Ukraine planned to stop water supply to areas in Luhansk region that are outside its control.
In general, according to UN statistics, almost 10,000 people have become victims of the conflict. New compromises and arrangements could significantly reduce tension and escalation of the conflict.
Experts are inclined to believe that a major breakthrough is not expected today.
However, there may be pleasant surprises. Even the slightest progress in resolving the conflict in the south-east of Ukraine is very important. Most likely, the meeting today will be very long.