On January 18th, at the meeting of the Committee of Foreign Affairs, the Council of the European Union will discuss the situation in Ukraine, reported the Council's press service. A discussion on the current situation in Syria and Iraq will also be on the agenda.
At the end of last year, the leaders of the "Normandy Four" (Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France) held talks over the phone and agreed to extend the validity of the Minsk Agreements into 2016. They also arranged another meeting of their respective Ministers of Foreign affairs to take place at the end of January or early February.
Last December’s meeting in Minsk resolved into an agreement on the sixth ceasefire in the Donbass region, which was to begin on the night of December 23, 2015. However, reports about both sides violating the ceasefire continue to be received. Both parties to the conflict have accused each other of violating the ceasefire.