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The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko on Saturday to hold talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a German government Villa «Meseberg» in Brandenburg, which will discuss the future work of the countries «Norman format» (Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine) on settling the conflict in the Donbass and Western aid to Ukraine in carrying out reforms.
According to RIA Novosti interviewed experts, the main purpose of Kiev on the negotiations will be figuring out how to continue its work of «Norman format» and will look like the EU cooperation with Ukraine after a meeting held in France to elect the President.
Working lunch in the Palace
According to the representative of the Cabinet of Germany Steffen Seibert, Poroshenko and Merkel on Saturday, at 14.00 Kyiv time (same as GMT) will hold a working lunch at the Meseberg Palace near Berlin. It is expected that the dinner will be made a brief statement to the press. The German side announced that the topics for discussion will be the situation in the East of Ukraine and the bilateral German-Ukrainian relations.
In turn, Poroshenko ahead of his visit to Berlin said that the meeting with Merkel should be the first talks in the series of his consultations with the leaders of the countries «big seven» in front of the 12th summit of G20, which will be held in July in Germany.
In particular, Poroshenko said that during the consultations he intends to discuss with world leaders the extension of sanctions against Russia. Speaking about the talks with Merkel, Poroshenko said that he will talk to her also about the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the Donbass.
No new ideas
Despite the fact that Germany will host the meeting, new ideas for ways to accelerate the implementation of the Minsk agreements and give momentum to the cooperation in the «Normandy format» (Russia, Germany, France, Ukraine) in Berlin, apparently not. Common Declaration of the official representative of the Cabinet of Germany Seibert that Berlin is extremely interested in the «sequel is still time-consuming and, of course, still unsatisfactory from the point of view of the results of the process within the «Normandy format», can be considered the official position of the German government during the last three years.
«As France, including the new French President, and Germany has stated that they intend to stick to this format and will continue this time-consuming job. This work is time consuming and periodic meetings with the President (Russia Vladimir) Putin, meeting with Mr Poroshenko, and, respectively, meeting at the «four». You can take this as a single process,» said Seibert reporters on may 17.
Earlier the President of France Emmanuel macron on Monday visited Berlin and met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Ukrainian settlement was named among other possible topics for discussion before the talks the leaders, but on total a press-conferences about work in the «channel format», which involved Germany, France, nor Merkel, nor the Makron did not say literally nothing.
The issue of sanctions against Russia
The issue of Ukrainian sanctions against a number of Russian mass media, social networks and resources and Yandex Mail.Ru «maybe can be raised during a meeting in Meseberg,» said earlier, spokesman Seibert.
The decree of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, in which he approved the NSDC decision on the extension and expansion of the list of natural and legal persons of the Russian Federation, in respect of which the sanctions were issued on may 16. The extended list included 1228 physical and legal entities. 468 In particular, Ukraine imposes sanctions against a number of Russian media, the country is also prohibited access to social networks «Vkontakte», «Classmates» and resources «Yandex» and Mail.ru.
According to Seibert, «freedom of information, press and opinion for the us, in Germany, as, of course, and Europe belong to the higher values,» and it is in this context of «this will be reflected in all conversations, in all contacts that we have». He also noted that the restriction of access to Russian media is not conducive to improving relations between Russia and Ukraine.
What happens with Minsk
At the same time, the main topic of discussion, Poroshenko and Merkel will be the question of continuing to work the «Normandy format» on settlement of the conflict in the Donbass.
The last meeting of leaders «channel four» took place in October last year in Berlin, it was agreed to prepare a plan for settlement in the Donbass. To date, however its development was stalled because the parties cannot agree on key points of the document.
In connection with the inauguration of France’s new President, Emmanuel Macron, who replaced on this post Francois Hollande, Kiev primarily interested in what will be the political line of the new leadership to resolve the situation in the East of Ukraine and to support Kiev in the implementation of reforms.
Poroshenko expects to obtain part of the answers to these questions during the negotiations with Merkel, who had already met with the newly elected President of France and has an idea of his vision of the situation. In addition, Poroshenko said that it plans to soon hold phone talks directly with the Macron.
© RIA Novosti / Michael Voskresenskiye in photobanks of Russia opened four cases due to shelling in Donbassa according to the statements, the head of Ukraine optimistic about the future of the «Normandy format». After the inauguration of Macron and his meeting with Merkel, he said that «the first signal that Kiev has received from Paris and Berlin, is quite promising — that the operation of the «Norman format» will remain in power.»
According to Poroshenko, during his visit to Berlin, he also plans to discuss with Merkel preparing for new meeting «Norman format». In turn, Deputy Minister of foreign Affairs of Ukraine Vadim Pristayko said the Ukrainian media that it is now planned meeting of leaders «Norman Quartet» «in a truncated part» — Poroshenko, Merkel and Macron.
At the same time, the press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov said that a new meeting in Normandy format at the highest level is not planned yet.
Breakthrough is not worth waiting
© RIA Novosti / said to Carnaveral in fotoreceptori believes that Kiev will not be able to fulfill the Minsk soglasheniye the Ukrainian Institute of policy analysis and management Ruslan Bortnik believes that during the meeting the two leaders will inform Merkel, Poroshenko about the political scenario that emerged after the election of new presidents in the United States and France.
«Merkel held talks with US President Donald trump, she is very close with the new French President Makron, it can help today Petro Poroshenko to sign in to the swing of things «in a new wonderful world,» which is now formed,» — said the expert RIA Novosti.
The analyst believes that the parties can discuss new additions to the «road map» for the Donbass, but signed nothing, as this requires the participation of all representatives of the «Norman Quartet.»
© RIA Novosti / Grigory to Sysoeva in fotoreceptori: Russia could not prevent the genocide of Russian speakers in Debasement predicts that the parties may also address the subject of energy cooperation and the question of the completion of a visa-free regime for Ukraine with the EU, all of which Kiev this week finally agreed on the European Parliament and the EU Council.
He also did not rule out that Merkel «as a gift» to invite Poroshenko to participate in the activities of the G20, where they will attend the other leaders of «Norman Quartet».
At the same time, according to Ukrainian political analyst Mikhail Pavliv, concrete results from the meeting of Poroshenko and Merkel should not be expected.
«I think that any specific results will be. For Merkel, this is one of the steps of entering the electoral campaign (parliamentary elections in Germany will be held this fall — ed.). The Minsk agreement, where Merkel is the provider, are relevant issues and internal agenda (in Germany — ed.), accordingly, the agenda for the elections. This is some kind of reconciliation of the positions of the two parties,» said Paul RIA Novosti.