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Four Foreign ministers' talks in Berlin are over

August 18, 2014, 2:49 UTC+3 BERLIN
"Five hours of the most intricate discussion," Ukraine's Foreign Minister Pavel Klimkin stated in his microblog in Twitter. "However, many five-hour spells are probably needed for making headway"
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BERLIN, August 18, /ITAR-TASS/. The talks among the Foreign ministers of Russia, Ukraine, the Federal Republic of Germany, and France here are over. German Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier is expected to make a statement shortly.

Discussion in Berlin was intricate. Not just five hours but many five-hour spells are needed to make headway, Ukraine's Foreign Minister Pavel Klimkin stated on Monday in his microblog in Twitter.

"Five hours of the most intricate discussion," he wrote. "However, many five-hour spells are probably needed for making headway".

He also wrote that Kiev did not cross the "red line" at the talks.

"There is no room for a compromise where a state should cross its 'red line'. Ukraine did not cross it (at the talks)," he wrote in his microblog in Twitter. "I felt support from our partners".

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier told that progress on some points has been made at the Berlin meeting on Ukraine; the Ministers will report results to their Heads of State

"The discussion was essential," he said. "I thank the Ministers of Russia, Ukraine, and France for accepting the invitation. The discussion was lengthy and frank".

"We discussed how we can find ways towards a suspension of military actions," Steinmeier added.

"Besides, humanitarian support to the civilian population was also a subject of discussion," the Minister said.

"It was a difficult discussion. However, I think, we have achieved progress on some points," he said.

The Ministers will now report results in their capitals, Steinmeier emphasized.

"In the course of Monday and Tuesday, a decision is to be made as to form in which today's discussion can be carried on," the German Minister said.

"We are aiming to achieve a cessation of fire and avoid new casualties," he added.

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