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Germany: Lavrov and Steinmeier share joke ahead of 'Normandy Four' talks00:36

Germany: Lavrov and Steinmeier share joke ahead of 'Normandy Four' talks

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May 11, 2016 at 13:54 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier shared a joke at Borsig-Villa Reiherwerder in Berlin, Wednesday, as they met ahead of the 'Normandy Four' talks on Ukraine.

"I thought that it was not for pictures. I thought it was for substance," Lavrov said upon seeing the press in the room. Steinmeier responded: "With the two of us pictures are substance."

The group, dubbed the 'Normandy Four,' was created in 2014 to secure a peaceful settlement to the conflict in eastern Ukraine. The key issues for discussion were the further implementation of the Minsk peace agreement and the current situation in south-eastern Ukraine, with special focus on issues such as security and prisoner exchange. Aside from Lavrov and Steinmeier, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin also attended Wednesday's talks.

Germany: Lavrov and Steinmeier share joke ahead of 'Normandy Four' talks00:36
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier shared a joke at Borsig-Villa Reiherwerder in Berlin, Wednesday, as they met ahead of the 'Normandy Four' talks on Ukraine.

"I thought that it was not for pictures. I thought it was for substance," Lavrov said upon seeing the press in the room. Steinmeier responded: "With the two of us pictures are substance."

The group, dubbed the 'Normandy Four,' was created in 2014 to secure a peaceful settlement to the conflict in eastern Ukraine. The key issues for discussion were the further implementation of the Minsk peace agreement and the current situation in south-eastern Ukraine, with special focus on issues such as security and prisoner exchange. Aside from Lavrov and Steinmeier, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin also attended Wednesday's talks.

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