Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) and French President Francois Hollande (centre) at a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, October 2, 2015
Photo: Etienne Laurent/AP
Negotiations in the “Normandy format” on 19 October will be held in Berlin, if by this time the sides made “real progress” on contentious issues, told Reuters a French diplomatic source
A meeting of leaders of Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine, which is planned for October 19, will be held only if there is “real progress” on key moments that cause the issue between the parties. This was told Reuters , a French diplomatic source.
To a journalist’s question, will there be a meeting in the “Normandy format” next week in Berlin, the spokesman said, “Must be followed by real progress, and leaders must come to an agreement, so we can not confirm that this [meeting] will happen.”
Later, the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov explained that the conditions for conducting the meeting in the format “Norman Quartet” is not yet ripe, reports “RIA Novosti”.
That Ukraine, Germany, France and Russia will hold a meeting in the “Normandy format” on 19 October, said on the eve of Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov. Press Secretary of Russian leader Dmitry Peskov, commenting on this, said that talking about October 19 as of the time of the meeting is premature.
11 Oct words Ushakov confirmed in an interview with radio station Europe1, the Ambassador of Russia in France Alexander Orlov. He noted that the meeting will be held in Berlin on the initiative of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The talks will be attended by Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin and French counterpart Francois Hollande. The participation of the Kiev eagles did not.
Later, a source in diplomatic circles told the Agency “Interfax-Ukraine”, Kiev did not give consent to participate in the summit “channel four”. A spokesman explained that the meeting will not take place, “while there is no agreed road map that will involve the performance security conditions of Minsk Russia”.
Initially, Kiev was offered to hold a meeting in “Norman format” at the G20 summit in China. However, after the arrest in Crimea of Ukrainian saboteurs Putin said about the futility of negotiations in this format at the summit.
He later agreed to a trilateral meeting with Merkel and Hollande at the G20. The parties were to discuss the situation in Ukraine and further ways of cooperation in the framework of the “Norman format” and “Minsk process”.
However, this meeting did not take place. Instead, Putin on the G20 met separately with German Chancellor and the French President. Presidential aide Yuri Ushakov explained that the decision of the employment colleagues.
“Our colleagues have preferred referring to the graph, hold two bilateral meetings, that is, will meet with Hollande and a separate meeting with German Chancellor Merkel,” he said.