Germany's foreign minister says he and his French counterpart have proposed a meeting next Tuesday with their Russian and Ukrainian colleagues to discuss peace efforts in eastern Ukraine.

Frank-Walter Steinmeier told Germany's Parliament that he and Jean-Marc Ayrault last week made the proposal to meet in Minsk, the capital of Belarus. He didn't specify what the response was.

The 2015 Minsk agreement brokered by France and Germany helped end large-scale battles between Ukrainian troops and separatists, but clashes continued and efforts toward a political settlement stalled. Germany last month hosted a summit of the four countries' leaders.

Steinmeier said Wednesday: "Even if we don't succeed in finding the big solution now, such meetings and talks are necessary so that such a situation ... doesn't get out of control."