A source in the French government said that newly-appointed French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault will not be able to attend the upcoming meeting of the Normandy Quartet format on Ukrainian reconciliation.
A diplomatic source said that the Normandy Four group hopes to achieve significant progress in the implementation of the Minsk agreements on the Ukrainian reconciliation by summer.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister said that a Normandy format meeting on the level of foreign ministers on Ukrainian reconciliation may take place next week.
Germany’s foreign minister stated that EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini will attend the Friday meeting of the Normandy Quartet deputy foreign ministers in Berlin to discuss Ukrainian reconciliation.
The meeting of Quartet on the Middle East is attended by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, US Secretary of State John Kerry, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson.