‘Normandy Four’ Summit, 9 December 2019

Publication Date 09/12/2019
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A meeting between those countries named the 'Normandy Four' - France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine - was held on 9 December 2019 to assess the implementation of the Minsk agreements and work on a peaceful solution for the conflict in the eastern region of Ukraine.

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The Minsk agreements (Minsk Protocol of 5 September 2014, Minsk Memorandum of 19 September 2014 and the Minsk Package of Measures of 12 February 2015) are the basis of the work of the Normandy format. The participants underlined their shared aspiration to a sustainable and comprehensive architecture of trust and security in Europe for which the settlement of the conflict in Ukraine is one of several important steps.

The sides committed to a comprehensive implementation of the ceasefire, strengthened by the implementation of all necessary ceasefire support measures, before the end of the year 2019. They encouraged the Trilateral Contact Group to facilitate the release and exchange of conflict-related detainees by the end of the year, based on the principle of 'all for all'. The sides also expressed interest in agreeing within the Normandy format (N4) and the Trilateral Contact Group on all the legal aspects of the Special Order of Local Self-Government - special status - of Certain Areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk Regions.

Source Link https://www.elysee.fr/emmanuel-macron/2019/12/09/paris-normandie-summit.en
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Commentary and Analysis
Carnegie Europe: Strategic Europe, 19/11/2019: What Hope for Ukraine and the Normandy Four Summit? https://carnegieeurope.eu/strategiceurope/80372
CER: Insights, 05/12/2019: Will the Normandy Four summit bring "peace for our time" to Ukraine? https://www.cer.eu/insights/will-normandy-four-summit-bring-peace-our-time-ukraine
ECFR: Commentary, 09/12/2019: Putin’s Minsk maskirovka: Will the West ‘capitulate’? https://www.ecfr.eu/article/commentary_putins_minsk_maskirovka_will_the_west_capitulate
Euro|topics, December 2019: Paris summit: breakthrough on eastern Ukraine? https://www.eurotopics.net/en/230895/
Deutsche Welle, 10/12/2019: A Ukraine summit to Putin's taste https://p.dw.com/p/3UWpN
Bloomberg, 10/12/2019: Putin and Zelenskiy Didn’t Waste Their First Meeting https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2019-12-10/vladimir-putin-and-volodymyr-zelenskiy-didn-t-waste-their-meeting
Euro|topics, December 2019: Ukraine summit: a solution in sight? https://www.eurotopics.net/en/231806/
Forbes, 10/12/2019: The Normandy Summit Ended With No Breakthroughs. What Has It Achieved? https://www.forbes.com/sites/katyagorchinskaya/2019/12/10/the-normandy-summit-ended-what-has-it-achieved/#20dbe0883061

Deutsche Welle, 09/12/2019: Russia, Ukraine agree to ceasefire by year-end at Paris talks https://p.dw.com/p/3UWBW
VOA News, 09/12/2019: Russia, Ukraine Leaders Agree on Ceasefire Following Four-Way Talks in Paris https://www.voanews.com/europe/russia-ukraine-leaders-agree-ceasefire-following-four-way-talks-paris
France24, 09/12/2019: World leaders speak after Ukraine peace talks uniting Zelensky, Putin in Paris https://www.france24.com/en/20191209-ukraine-peace-talks-paris-putin-zelensky-macron-merkel-elysee
Reuters, 09/12/2019: Putin meets Ukraine leader for first time at Paris peace summit https://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKKBN1YD1UA
BBC News, 09/12/2019: Ukraine: Paris talks with Russia aim to end eastern conflict https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-50672006
Reuters, 09/12/2019: France says differences remain on Ukraine on local elections calendar https://www.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN1YD2HP
EUObserver, 09/12/2019: Guns blaze in Ukraine as leaders meet in Paris https://euobserver.com/foreign/146857
BBC News, 10/12/2019: Ukraine and Russia agree to implement ceasefire https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-50713647
EurActiv, 10/12/2019: Normandy summit upholds ‘Steinmeier formula’ for Eastern Ukraine https://www.euractiv.com/section/europe-s-east/news/normandy-summit-upholds-the-steinmeier-formula-for-eastern-ukraine/
The Guardian, 10/12/2019: Russia-Ukraine: tentative progress at first talks for three years https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/dec/10/russia-ukraine-tentative-progress-at-first-talks-for-three-years
Politico, 10/12/2019: Normandy talks land in Paris but fail to deliver peace in Ukraine https://www.politico.eu/article/normandy-talks-land-in-paris-but-fail-to-deliver-peace-in-ukraine/

German Foreign Ministry: Article, 09/12/2019: Normandy summit in Paris: momentum in the peace negotiations https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/en/aussenpolitik/laenderinformationen/ukraine-node/supportukraine/normandy-summit/2286498
Russian President: Joint news conference following a Normandy format summit, 10 December 2019 http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/62277

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