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Germany’s OSCE Chairmanship Gives Hope to Settle Ukraine Crisis - President

© Sputnik / Mikhail Palinchak / Go to the mediabankUkrainian President Petro Poroshenko during a session of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko during a session of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine - Sputnik International
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko expressed hope on Friday to reach progress in settling the situation in Donbas on the occasion of Germany's chairmanship in the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

Flags with a logo of OSCE in Vienna - Sputnik International
Germany Ready to Assume Responsibility of OSCE Chairmanship
MOSCOW (Sputnik) On January 1, Germany took over the rotating OSCE chairmanship. The presiding country is set to focus its work on solving the Ukrainian crisis among other issues, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said earlier in the day.

"A unique combination of Normandy format and the OSCE, chaired by Germany, gives hope for a long-awaited progress," Poroshenko wrote on Twitter.

Germany is part of the so-called Normandy format group, alongside Ukraine, Russia and France, that brokered the ceasefire agreement between Kiev and the self-proclaimed Luhansk and Donetsk republics signed in Minsk in February 2015.

Under the deal, the OSCE has been put in charge of monitoring the ceasefire in the country.

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