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PARIS, June 23. /TASS/. Senior diplomats of the Normandy Four group will gather for talks on the Ukrainian crisis in Paris on Tuesday held simultaneously with the meeting of the Contact Group in Minsk.
The foreign ministers of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine will focus on fulfilling steps envisaged by the February 12 Minsk agreements, the French Foreign Ministry said earlier.
The meeting of the trilateral contact group will be attended for the first time by the new special representative of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in Ukraine, Austrian diplomat Martin Sajdik.
"The ministerial meeting will be devoted to discussing the issues of the implementation of the Minsk agreements," Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin said.
"Theme subgroups have started working," Karasin said, adding that some progress is seen in the security issues and the political sphere. "But it is important to discuss in detail all the aspects of the practical implementation of the agreements at the ministerial level," he said.
The diplomat said no new initiatives will be suggested, adding that all the proposals have been already formulated in the 13-point Minsk agreements brokered after the marathon talks between the leaders of the Normandy Four countries.
"Now it is important to make progress through a constructive and mutually respective dialogue on all the aspects in order to help these agreements be fulfilled," he said.
Karasin expressed disappointment about the peaceful process in Ukraine amid Kiev’s controversial line and attempts to undermine the Minsk agreements.
The envoy of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic to talks, Vladislav Deinego, said Ukraine was sabotaging the effort of the working subgroups on settling the crisis in Donbas.
His counterpart from the Donetsk republic, Denis Pushilin, said Ukraine was in fact "silencing some very important issues." He said Ukraine faces deadlock unless the sides manage to intensify the discussion on some of these issues.
Kiev’s envoy to talks, former president Leonid Kuchma, said last week "with difficulties, stumbling, falling and rising again, but the Contact Group is moving forward.".