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US News: Diplomatic tug of war around Ukraine negotiations

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The calls over the Ostukraine stick. Now Germany and France throw Russia to have published confidential letters exchanged in the so-called Normandy format.

Die Fahnen von Belarus, Russland, Deutschland, Frankreich und der Ukraine © dw / e. Daneiko The flags of Belarus, Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine

One have taken note of the publication of "confidential communication" at the instigation of the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, said a spokesman for the Foreign Office in Berlin. "We consider this step as a break of diplomatic practices." Germany and France have been working intensively on a continuation of the negotiations and implementation of a concrete peace announcement on the basis of Minsk agreements.

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"For this we have made several concrete proposals for a foreign minister meeting in Normandy format", as agreed between Chancellor Angela Merkel, President Emmanuel Macron and President Vladimir Putin in October. "Russia has refused to be such a meeting," said the speaker at the request of the German wave and added, "We call for Russia to return to the negotiating table and continue our conversations in the proven formats and the proven principles."

Chancellor Angela Merkel said to a question of the German wave, she was not particularly surprised that letters had been published. "I'm reading many of my letters in a newspaper." Surely no one has something to hide. "But the fact that it has come to no foreign minister meeting, which is certainly seen by the French and German side on the one hand and from the Russian side completely different. And I always regretted that." Merkel added, she also asked Russian President to hold such a meeting as long as she was still in office. "Unfortunately, that did not come about. And that's why I'm very beautiful."

Ukraine-Russia publishes its diplomatic correspondence with France and Germany

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Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel im Berliner Kanzleramt © Hannibal Hanschke / Reuters Chancellor Angela Merkel in the Berlin Chancellery

position misinterpreted?

On Wednesday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Moscow had published a number of diplomatic letters in order to show that the own position in the talks about the Ostukraine is misinterpreted. In the diplomatic correspondence between Lavrov and its colleagues from France and Germany, Jean-Yves Le Drian and Heiko Maas, are about possibilities of cooperation in the so-called Normandy format . Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine are involved in this format.

also a spokeswoman for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the publication of the confidential writing violates the Russian side against diplomatic rules. The government in Moscow again stressed that she made conflict concrete proposals to which the Western countries were not received. In Berlin had previously been criticized that the Russian government wanted to give the impression that she was not a conflict party in the East Ukraine. There, Moscow also supports the Prorussian separatists militarily, but denies that.

KLE / MAK (RTR, DW)

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Brussels. NATO is worried at the Ukrainian border in view of the persistent Russian troop march and urged the government in Moscow to deflect. © Olivier Matthys NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Friday evening in Brussels. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg warns Russia: "Every use of violence against Ukraine will have consequences, will lead to costs for Russia," said the Norwegian in Brussels.

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