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Foreign Ministers To Discuss Ukraine In Minsk

Russian Foreign Minister Segei Lavrov (left to right), Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier talk before a meeting to discuss the Ukraine crisis in Paris in March.

The foreign ministers of France, Germany, Russia, and Ukraine will meet in Belarus next week to discuss the implementation of a cease-fire agreement in eastern Ukraine.

French Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexandre Giorgini made the announcement on November 25, saying the meeting on November 29 would "allow us to go over what has been done and what has not been done since the October meeting in Berlin."

In October, the four countries agreed to draw up a road map in November on how to implement the Minsk cease-fire deal agreed in 2015.

At the Berlin meeting, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said they were aiming to resolve an impasse on the conflict by the end of November.

The Ukrainian government and Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine have failed to fully implement the Minsk agreement.

Fighting has continued in eastern Ukraine, where the conflict has killed more than 9,600 people.

Based on reporting by AFP and Reuters