U.S. Secretary of State to visit Moscow to discuss Minsk implementation roadmap

U.S. Secretary of State to visit Moscow to discuss Minsk implementation roadmapUnited States Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Moscow this week to discuss the format and content of a roadmap for the implementation of the Minsk agreements, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said.

"We discussed elements of such a roadmap with John Kerry last week: I spoke about it, such logic was, of course, discussed also at the Group of Five [Britain, Germany, France, Italy and the U.S.] meeting with Ukraine. Now, this week, John Kerry will visit Moscow, and intense consultations are underway, both in the Normandy format, i.e. with our German and French friends, and with our U.S. friends and partners, on how to maintain the sequence of steps and the timeframe, but above all clear-cut assurances that such steps will be taken by Russia," Klimkin told a press conference in Kyiv on Monday.

It was reported that at a briefing held jointly with Kerry in Kyiv on July 7 Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said that Kyiv was in talks with international partners over a roadmap on the implementation of the agreements reached in Minsk in February 2015.

The parties to the "Normandy format" (Ukraine, Germany, France, and Russia) are negotiating a possibility of signing a roadmap that would set specific deadlines for implementation of the Minsk agreements. It is not being ruled out that the document could be signed at the next meeting of the four countries' leaders.
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