Foreign Minister Ud met to discuss the prospect of the “Normandy model” talks

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Kiev, February 7 (Xinhua)Ukrainian Foreign Minister Alexander Kuleba met with his German counterpart Alexander Belbek in Kiev on Thursday. The two sides discussed the prospect of the “Normandy model” four-way talks to be held in Berlin.Speaking at a press conference after the talks, Kuleba said that the preparations for the “Normandy model” Berlin talks have made difficult progress, but efforts are being made to ensure that the model talks can continue after the Berlin talks, and the next meeting is already planned.Kuleba said Ukraine hopes all parties can make concrete decisions on promoting the operation of the trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine (Ukraine, Russia and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe).Kuleba denied media reports that Germany was pressuring Ukraine on the eastern issue.He said Ukraine will not take part in talks that abandon its position and harm national interests.Belbock said the continuation of the Normandy talks was a success in itself.The “Normandy mode” originated from the international commemoration ceremony for the 70th anniversary of D-Day in France in June 2014, during which the leaders of Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine held a series of consultations on the situation in Ukraine.On January 26 this year, the “Normandy Model” quartet meeting was held in Paris, where representatives of the four parties held consultations on issues such as de-escalation of the Ukraine crisis.In a statement issued after the talks, the French presidency said the quartet would strengthen the work of the trilateral contact Group on Ukraine to speed up the implementation of the Minsk agreement.In addition, the quartet agreed to meet again in Berlin in two weeks.Recently, the deterioration of Ukraine-Russia relations has accelerated, with both sides deploying a large number of military personnel and weapons in the border area.The United States, Ukraine and NATO say Russia is massing troops near Ukraine’s eastern border in what they call an “invasion.”Russia denies this, saying NATO activities threaten its borders and that it has the right to deploy troops to defend its territory.(after)