Steinmeier: the Minsk agreement has helped to prevent the fire in the heart of Europe

Штайнмайер: Минские соглашения помогли предотвратить пожар в сердце Европы

Foreign Minister of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier in PACE, 13 Oct 2016

The Minister of foreign Affairs of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier said that progress in resolving the conflict in the Donbas is only visible under a magnifying glass. He stated this in an interview with the Märkische allgemeine zeitung.

Steinmeier also expressed regret that the Minsk agreements are implemented with “snail’s pace”. However, the Minister said, the path of peaceful settlement of the conflict is “neither quick nor easy”.

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He assured that he is ready to work towards a peaceful solution to prevent a “fire in the heart of Europe”, even if it requires a lot of time.

“Some months we make strenuous efforts to achieve progress and it’s frustrating when its almost there” – said Steinmeier.

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However, he noted, in such moments it is necessary to recall the achievements of the Minsk process.

“We were able to prevent a confrontation in the East of Ukraine in full-scale military conflict that went out of control and in turn could develop into a fire in the heart of Europe” – said Steinmeier.

He stressed that he is committed to a peaceful solution in the long run, “even if it takes some time.”

Earlier, Steinmeier said that the tension between Russia and the United States is more dangerous than during the cold war.