U.S. not willing to join Normandy format: German government`s coordinator for Russia cooperation

Donald Trump Administration does not want to take on additional functions and join the Normandy format of talks on Donbas settlement, the German government`s coordinator for intersocietal cooperation with Russia, Central Asia, and the Eastern Partnership countries Gernot Erler told Deutsche Welle.

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”For a long time there have been speculations, whether something will change in the Normandy format, whether there will be a new role there for the U.S. My impression is that now basically there is a consensus that the Normandy format, that is, the cooperation of Germany, France, Ukraine, and Russia toward political settlement of the conflict, must continue,” the politician said.

”I do not see any problem in Macron having replaced Hollande. Macron visited Berlin where he had the chance to raise this issue with the German government. I have the impression that the Donald Trump administration is not interested in taking up additional tasks in Europe. Rather, continuing the course of the Obama administration, they consider this a European problem, which Europeans must solve. Although, of course, for our part, we always brief the American side in great detail,” Erler said.

He assured that Berlin is interested in any scenario of the process development, which would lead to greater successes than the world sees today.

”But, as I said, the American side is not interested in changing the format. This is the impression that we have. I think that Kyiv got the idea, too,” the German politician added.

”One could see how satisfied the Obama administration was seeing that the additional involvement of the U.S. was not necessary. Because of Obama`s famous U-turn to Asia, Washington was absolutely dissatisfied with the fact that Germany and France took responsibility in Europe. As I said, consultations and agreements have always been conducted with the U.S. However, there has been no direct participation. It seems that this will continue,” Erler said.

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