The German Chancellor is about to visit Russia to discuss a range of issues, including the situation in Ukraine.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel will visit Moscow on January 11, 2020 at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin.
|German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Photo: Kremlin|
Putin and the German Chancellor will discuss ideas about the situation in Ukraine and the agreements reached at the Normandy format summit in Paris on December 9, 2019.
The two leaders will also discuss “urgent issues on the international agenda, including the situation in Syria and Libya, as well as the escalation of tensions in the Middle East following the US air strike in Baghdad airport on January 3 “.
In the final meeting of the Normandy Quartet leaders in Paris after a three-year period, Ukraine and Russia agreed on the full and comprehensive implementation of the ceasefire in Donbass by the end of 2019.
The Ukrainian government completed the exchange of prisoners with rebels in the eastern regions of the country and took back 76 prisoners on December 29, 2019. The first prison exchange between the two sides since 2017.
In the future Russia and Ukraine may continue to conduct the next prisoner exchange. The positive signs in Ukraine are bringing peace prospects.
However, after such positive signals, Europe continued to extend sanctions on Russia. The sanctions cover many areas: suspension of visa-free travel and new cooperation framework agreement; ban some Russian officials from entering the European Union and freeze their properties in Europe; Trade, financial and military restrictions.
European economic sanctions imposed on Russia have been in place since 2014 when Moscow annexed the Crimean Peninsula into the country, based on a local vote supporting the peninsula to become Russian territory. .