Ukraine FM Agrees on “Steinmeier Formula” for Donbas
18 September, 2019

The “Steinmeier formula” will be used to implement the Minsk agreement, according to information provided by Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko during a recent session of the Parliamentary Committee on European Integration and the Foreign Affairs Committee, as reported by a Hromadske correspondent.

The Steinmeier Formula is a peace plan proposed by German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, which stipulates that the Donbas will receive self-government status after local elections are held in the currently-occupied territories.

FM Prystaiko said this decision was reached during a Normandy format meeting involving representatives from four countries on 2 September, saying that “The law on the unique status [of the occupied territories] will take effect the moment elections are held.” 

He added that elections cannot be held unless Ukraine is ensured both a secure environment and full control of the Ukrainian-Russian border.