Ministers to meet in Berlin on Monday to discuss Ukraine crisis

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Posted: Jan 09, 2015 11:04 AM

BERLIN (Reuters) - The foreign ministers of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine will meet in Berlin on Monday to discuss the situation in eastern Ukraine and the implementation of the Minsk protocol, the German foreign ministry said on Friday.

The ministers held a telephone conference in the afternoon and agreed to meet in person on Monday to continue their efforts in resolving the crisis, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said in a statement.

"On Monday, we want to make another attempt to overcome the obstacles," Steinmeier said.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has invited the leaders of Russia, France and Germany to talks in Kazakhstan's capital Astana on Jan. 15 in an attempt to restore peace.

However, Germany and France have cast doubt on whether such a four-way summit can take place without further progress on the Minsk peace plan agreed in September. On Thursday, Chancellor Angela Merkel said all 12 points in the peace plan needed to be fully implemented before the EU could consider easing sanctions against Russia.

(Reporting by Michael Nienaber and Gernot Heller; Editing by Noah Barkin)