Joint statement by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the German Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the new crossing points on the contact line in eastern Ukraine (13 Nov 20)

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France and Germany welcome the creation of two new crossing points on the contact line. This increases the number of waypoints along approx. Contact line from 450 km to seven. Ukraine thus respects the obligations agreed upon by Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany in the conclusions of the Normandy format summit held in Paris on December 9, 2019. Ukraine has therefore taken measures to improve the desolate conditions at the crossing points before winter. and to alleviate the suffering of the people of eastern Ukraine. We welcome the support of the European Union in providing infrastructure at the new crossing points at Zolote and Shchastya.We pay tribute to the commitment of Ambassador Heidi Grau, Special Representative of the Chairman-in-Office of the OSCE in the Trilateral Contact Group, and Ambassador Toni Frisch, Coordinator of the Humanitarian Working Group, to lobby for this opening.

We call on Russia and the separatists to reopen without delay all existing crossing points on the contact line in the Donetsk region. Thousands of people wishing to see a doctor, receive a pension or visit relatives are currently prohibited from crossing the contact line. The conflict must not continue to continue at the expense of the people, and the divisions must not widen.

Despite an agreement within the Trilateral Contact Group, the separatists did not live up to their obligations to allow the crossing points at Zolote and Shchastya to open on November 10 as agreed. We call on Russia to use its influence to ensure the implementation of these agreements. As a member of the Trilateral Contact Group, Russia is also in direct negotiations with Ukraine and bears some responsibility for the successful implementation of the conclusions of the Paris Summit.

France and Germany remain committed to the objective of fully implementing the agreements reached at the summit on December 9, 2019.

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