Ukraine And Russia Agree On Ceasefire, New Talks Expected Next Month

On Wednesday delegations from Moscow and Kyiv during talks in Paris agreed to a fragile ceasefire in eastern Ukraine and also decided to continue their discussions against the repercussions of warnings that Russia might be getting ready to invade its neighbor.

Near the border of eastern Ukraine build-up of Russian troops has raised fears that the Kremlin is making plans to intrude in its pro-EU neighbor to stop NATO's extension in Eastern Europe.

A French diplomat stated that eight hours of long discussions arranged by France and Germany had given a good signal.

A source from the German government later informed that the subsequent round of talks would be held in Berlin in the 2nd week of February.

An attaché to French President Emmanuel Macron told anonymously emphasizing that the talks have been held discussing the separatist fighting in eastern Ukraine since 2014, and not the threat of a Russian invasion.

He stated that the question was whether or not the Russians desired to soften, further including that the hard discussions had finally led to something positive.

He also stated that a good signal is received in the current circumstances.

Since 2019 for the first time, Russia and Ukraine agreed to sign a joint declaration alongside Germany and France about conflict among Ukrainian forces and separatists in the eastern part of the country.

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The four countries had been aiming at achieving a peace deal for eastern Ukraine since 2014 and are collectively recognized as the Normandy Group.

The French attaché told that the Normandy Group has been able to agree on many key points, despite very difficult discussions taking place since December 2019.

The joint statement said that both sides would meet again in two weeks in Berlin and also committed to unconditional respect for the ceasefire.

A 2014 ceasefire deal strengthened in 2020 helped cease the worst fighting in two separatist territories in eastern Ukraine that has claimed almost 13,000 lives.

Western nations had been concerned that Russia may want to use a flare-up in fighting on the front among separatists and Ukrainian soldiers as a pretext to invade its neighbor.

Dmitry Kozak the Kremlin's envoy stated that the primary outcome of the 4-way talks was the settlement on retaining the ceasefire.

He stated that regardless of all of the differences, we agreed that the ceasefire in eastern Ukraine ought to be maintained by all of the parties according to the agreements.

He stated we want a supplementary pause, and hoped that this procedure will achieve results in two weeks.

He stated that the Berlin talks would be held on an equal level as the Paris meeting, further stating that for the moment a summit of the heads of state was not on the agenda.

Kozak the deputy head of President Vladimir Putin's administration said that, we desire our colleagues have understand our arguments and that during two weeks of discussions we will achieve the results.

Kozak insisted that the state of affairs in the east of Ukraine in which pro-Russia separatists have declared breakaway areas and the tensions alongside the border were separate issues.

He said that the very crucial aspect is that today's communication is the first significant document we managed to agree on since December 2019, when Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky and Putin met in Paris.


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