Ukraine has reached some success in Normandy meeting

The President of Ukraine succeeded to avoid a number of traps and risks posed by the Normandy Four meeting and even achieved a few tactical wins during the talks – according to Ukrainian and Western experts.

President Zelensky managed to clearly affirm the position of Ukraine during the joint press-conference in Paris. He clearly stated that Crimea is Ukrainian and that Ukraine will not have any negotiations with the proxy « republics ».

Despite different understanding of the Donbas conflict resolution that Ukraine and Russia have, the parties managed to agree several tactical steps to contribute to de-escalation and to continue the talks.

To be brief, the parties have agreed to take the following steps:

  • Prisoners swap by the end of the year.
  • Disengagement of troops in three additional sites before March 2020.
  • Expanding OSCE SMM’s mandate.
  • Full ceasefire implemented by the end of the year.

 However, there are some issues the consensus haven’t been reached on:

  • Ukraine regaining control over the state border. 
  • Holding local elections in Donbas. 

It was also concluded that the four leaders will hold another meeting in the Normandy format within four months « as regards political and security conditions, inter alia, to organize local elections ».

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