WORLD Germany offers reassurances to Ukraine over Russia's Nord Stream 2 pipeline

WORLD

Germany offers reassurances to Ukraine over Russia's Nord Stream 2 pipeline

CGTN

07:13, August 23, 2021

Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelensky presented German Chancellor Angela Merkel with Ukraine's highest honor. (Photo: CGTN)

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky has bestowed Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel with the country's highest honor for her work trying to resolve the separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine.

In her last meeting with Ukraine's president as Chancellor, she attempted to reassure Zelensky that she would continue to help bring about a resolution to the conflict in the disputed Donbas region before she steps down in September.

At a meeting with Russia's President Vladimir Putin on Friday, she admitted progress by the four "Normandy Format" countries had been insufficient to produce the desired outcomes in Ukraine, despite all parties agreeing to the Minsk agreement, which outlines how the fighting should be resolved.

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