Diplomat says UN may act as mediator at Astana talks between Damascus and oppositionRussian Politics & Diplomacy January 17, 21:31
Expert believes Brexit to bring UK closer to USWorld January 17, 20:29
Italian Foreign Ministry: It is necessary to assess conditions for returning to G8 formatWorld January 17, 20:04
Russia hopes ECHR will cancel its ruling on Dima Yakovlev Law — diplomatRussian Politics & Diplomacy January 17, 19:35
Preserving Moldova's neutrality impossible without partnership with Russia — presidentWorld January 17, 19:10
OPEC to monitor oil production, export — Saudi Arabian Energy MinisterBusiness & Economy January 17, 18:57
Group of Sukhoi-24M bombers to return from Syria soon — Defense MinistryMilitary & Defense January 17, 18:50
Russian reconciliation center reports over 1,130 Syrian settlements join ceasefireWorld January 17, 18:47
Over 5,000 Syrians get medical aid from Russian doctorsWorld January 17, 18:37
PARIS, February 24. /TASS/. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has arrived in Paris from New York to meet with top diplomats of Germany, France and Ukraine.
The foreign ministers of Russia, France, Germany and Ukraine are due to hold a meeting in a Normandy format in Paris on Tuesday to discuss the Ukrainian settlement.
The upcoming meeting, which is expected to last for several hours, will be the first talks of the foreign ministers after the leaders of the four countries had reached the Minsk agreements.
The decisions approved at the February 12 summit in the Belarusian capital included a ceasefire, pullback of heavy armaments, and a constitutional reform that would take into account the legitimate rights of the Donbas population.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview with the Rossiya-24 TV channel on Monday that the Minsk agreement had become an "international legal document" following the UN Security Council approval of a Russia-drafted resolution.
According to militias, on Tuesday the forces of Ukraine's self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk republics are to begin heavy artillery pullback under the control of the OSCE monitors. A significant amount of heavy weaponry has already been withdrawn from the separation line, militias reminded.
Donetsk republic’s defense ministry spokesman Eduard Basurin has called on the OSCE monitoring mission to "have the most active role in controlling the observance of commitments not only of the Donetsk and Luhansk republics, but also of the Ukrainian forces."