Delegation of the European Union to Russia

Statement by the Spokesperson on the outcome of the Normandy format Summit

Brussels, 11/12/2019 - 08:33, UNIQUE ID: 191211_5
Statements by the Spokesperson

On 10 December 2019 the spokesperson of the European External Action Service has made the following statement:

"The measures agreed under the Normandy format and the renewed engagement by the parties at the Summit in Paris yesterday are important steps. Their quick and thorough implementation is essential and would have a direct positive impact on the lives of people in eastern Ukraine on both sides of the contact line.

The new dynamics in the Normandy format talks represent a window of opportunity that should be used by the sides to move towards the full implementation of the Minsk agreements. This will remain the key to reaching a sustainable and peaceful solution to the conflict in eastern Ukraine, which would contribute to a substantial improvement in EU-Russia relations.

The European Union appreciates the constructive approach displayed by Ukraine and expects Russia to use its influence so that the Minsk agreements can be fully implemented.

The EU reaffirms its support to the efforts by France and Germany in the Normandy format, and to the work of the Trilateral Contact Group. The EU stands ready to support further the demining activities and the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission, which must have safe, secure, unconditional and unimpeded access to the entire territory of Ukraine.

The EU recalls its full support to the sovereignty, territorial integrity, unity and independence of Ukraine within its internationally recognised borders."

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