"If we overcome these obstacles, if the law on elections in the Donbas is adopted and elections have been held, which certainly requires ensuring security conditions, there will be a prospect of a long-term settlement of the conflict," the minister said.
Steinmeier stressed that further delay in the adoption of the law is unacceptable. He also recalled that such a law should be passed before the end of January as it was clearly confirmed at the meeting of presidents and foreign ministers of Germany, France, Ukraine, and Russia in Paris.
"If we succeed, we will be able to find solutions to other issues," German diplomat said.
The Minister also noted that the situation in the ATO area had deteriorated over the last few weeks and expressed doubt that it was possible to provide security for the elections in such conditions.