A new stage of Ukraine-Russia negotiations should take place with the participation of Poland, because the "Normandy format" has exhausted itself, Polish Foreign Minister Grzegorz Schetyna stated, according to Gazeta Wyborcza.
"Ukraine-Russia negotiations ended. Now you need a new stage. I think these discussions should be held with the participation of the Polish side," said Poland’s new foreign minister. Schetyna also appreciated the work of his predecessor, Radoslaw Sikorski, adding that his credit is Poland's impact on the Weimar Triangle countries. The minister added that he realized the concerns of the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary regarding new sanctions against Russia, but urged them not to soften their positions. Schetyna added that the effect of new sanctions against Russia could be significant only for a few weeks. As reported, informal talks were held between Ukrainian and Russian Presidents in France’s Normandy in June. The talks were mediated by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande.