Straightaway after the annexation of Crimea in 2014, Russia launched an armed aggression in eastern Ukraine. The fighting is between the Ukrainian Armed Forces on the one hand and the Russian army and Russian-backed militants who control parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions on the other. Officially, the Russian Federation does not recognize its invasion of Ukraine, despite the facts and evidence presented by Ukraine.
Negotiations on the settlement of the conflict are being conducted within the framework of the trilateral contact group (TCG, Ukraine – OSCE – Russia) and the Normandy Four (Ukraine – Germany – France – Russia).
Ukraine wants to hold until the end of the cadence German Chancellor Angela Merkel summit of the leaders of the Normandy Four, said the head of the President’s Office Andrei Yermak. According to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba, this issue was discussed during Merkel’s visit to Kiev in August… He said that now work is in progress on the organization of the summit of the leaders of the Normandy Four.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky on October 11, 2021 held a video conference with Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron. The interlocutors talked about steps for a peaceful settlement of the conflict in Donbass, and also discussed preparations for the next Normandy Four summit.
On the same day, Merkel and Macron held a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin… “The leaders instructed their political advisers and foreign ministries to intensify contacts and work along the lines of the Normandy Four,” the Kremlin said.
As a result of these negotiations, the Elysee Palace announced that the meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Normandy Four possible in the coming weeks… The Kremlin confirmed that preparations for the ministerial meeting are underway, but date of consultation is not yet known.
Merkel, after 15 years in office, refused to run again. She stated this in 2018, and in the New Year’s address in 2021 confirmed her decision.
September 26 in Germany parliamentary elections were held… 47 parties took part in them. The elected MPs will elect a new Federal Chancellor who will form the government. The coalition agreement is expected to be ready by the end of November, and the name of the new chancellor will be announced in December.