What Does Steinmeier Formula Mean for Ukraine?


On October 1st this year, President Zelensky stated that Ukraine had agreed to the text of the so-called “Steinmeier formula”. According to the formula, a special status is granted to the currently occupied territory of Donbas with strict conditions, in accordance with the Minsk Accords. The formula raises many questions and the mechanism for its implementation isn’t fully clear. It is believed that Ukraine agreed to the Steinmeier formula as a key condition set by the Kremlin for the resumption of the Normandy Four peace talks involving the heads of state of Ukraine, Germany, France, and Russia. Maria Zolkina, political analyst at the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation, joined UATV to talk more about this.