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The EU calls for “more efforts” to implement the Minsk Agreements following the pact to give special status to the east

October 2, 2019


The European Union has valued the commitment of the Ukrainian president, Volodimir Zelenski, to apply what is known as the 'Steinmeier formula' to pacify the eastern regions and that contemplates, among other issues, the granting of a special status for the Donbas area and the holding elections and has hoped that this may lead to “more efforts” to achieve full implementation of the Minsk Agreements “by all parties.”

“The result of the deliberations of the trilateral contact group in Minsk yesterday, also regarding the so-called 'Steinmeir formula', is a step that we hope will lead to more efforts for the implementation of the Minsk Agreements by all parties”, has defended at a press conference the spokeswoman for the High Representative of the Common Foreign and Security Policy of the EU, Maja Kocijancic.

The spokeswoman recalled that the application of the Minsk Agreements is “key” to “achieve a lasting peaceful solution to the conflict in eastern Ukraine” and has reiterated the support of the bloc to the work of the Normandy group to facilitate its implementation.

It has also reiterated the Union's support for “independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity” of Ukraine, within its internationally recognized borders.

Members of the Normandy Quartet – Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany – have intensified their contacts in recent weeks with a view to coordinating a new meeting and moving towards peace in a region in crisis since 2014.
Zelenski has marked the end of the conflict as one of his great goals since he came to the Ukrainian Presidency. His predecessor, Petro Poroshenko, kept the agreement paralyzed.