Hot air: Merkel says Germany, France responsible for Minsk peace process in Ukraine


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Chancellor Angela Merkel feels that she, as well as Germany's Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and French President Francois Hollande are responsible for the Normandy format talks seeking to find a peaceful resolution to the deadly Ukrainian conflict.

Merkel also reaffirmed Germany's stance that the civil war in the Eastern European nation could only be ended through political means. Russia has repeatedly echoed this sentiment, noting that sending lethal aid to Kiev would only worsen the Ukrainian crisis and provoke violence.

"We will find a political solution. A military solution is non-existent; I am deeply convinced of that," the German chancellor said, adding that Germany and France seek good relations with Moscow but will not accept violations of international law.

The system of security built thanks to the Minsk process in eastern Ukraine remains "extremely fragile," according to Merkel. "We must do everything to secure a political resolution of the conflict," she stressed.

The Minsk II accords were signed by the Normandy quartet of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine in February. The deal made way for a ceasefire between Kiev and the self-proclaimed republics of Lugansk and Donetsk in the country's east.

Moscow has been a champion of the peace process in Ukraine through the full implementation of the Minsk agreements.

Comment: Germany, France and the West in general are responsible for the Ukraine civil war against "international law". We don't see any actions taken by France, Germany or Ukraine for peace negotiations. Instead, the fighting in Ukraine is on the rise once again. Apparently that is the West's idea of a "peace process".