No alternative to Minsk agreement, say foreign ministers

After more than four hours of talks in Berlin, Russia and Ukraine have agreed to the withdrawal of more weapons from eastern Ukraine. The talks took place amid renewed violence in the region.

Meeting in Berlin, the ministers of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany also called for a stronger role for the observer mission of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and for the withdrawal of heavy weapons.

Speaking to reporters shortly after the meeting wrapped up at midnight, Steinmeier admitted that talks had been “very long, very intensive and at times very contentious” given the tense situation on the ground.

“Everyone knows that we have a long path ahead of us,” he said, “but we’re going to do everything we can to continue this process.” He added that there was no alternative to the Minsk agreement.
 
 
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