France and Germany said that the killing of a pro-Russian separatist leader in eastern Ukraine must not undermine talks to resolve the conflict.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the Normandy format, four-way Ukraine talks, were impossible after the leader of Russian-backed separatist in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine, Alexander Zakharchenko, who died in an explosion on Friday.
As reported by Reuters, France and Germany both said on Monday September 3rd that the killing of Zakharchenko made the peace process more urgent.
A French Foreign Minister spokeswoman said, “The latest developments in Eastern Ukraine do not call into question the obligations of the parties under the Minsk agreements, nor the relevance of the Normandy format meetings between Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine. It is precisely when tensions arise that negotiations must be made in good faith.”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's government spokesman Steffen Seibert said, "It's of paramount importance that an escalation is avoided now. The death of Zakharchenko should not derail the peace process and Germany would stick to the four-way talks.”