Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) and his press Secretary Dmitry Peskov
Photo: Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA Novosti
A new meeting between the leaders of Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine may take place on the 19th of October, said the Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov. Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov not confirmed the date of the summit
A meeting of leaders of Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine, which are included in the “channel four”, is scheduled for October 19. This was stated by Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov.
“While it is envisaged 19th” — quoted Ushakov “RIA Novosti”.
At the same time, the press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov has considered premature to speak about the summit in “Norman format” on 19 October.
“Let me know when will be ready” — quoted Peskov TASS.
Earlier, foreign Minister of France Jean-Marc Ayrault admitted that the summit of “Norman Quartet” may take place in Paris simultaneously with the visit to the French capital, Putin, scheduled for October 19.
Sunday, October 9, the President of France Francois Hollande unexpectedly announced that while “asks”whether or not to take Russian President Vladimir Putin during his visit to Paris, which is scheduled for October 19.
“I asked myself: is it useful, do we really need this, will there be some impact? If you can do something that will be able to stop what he [Putin] is doing with the Syrian regime? That is, the support of the air forces of the regime that dropped bombs on Aleppo residents? So I ask myself the question, whether to accept Vladimir Putin. And if I meet him I’ll tell him that this is unacceptable and seriously affects the image of Russia”, — said Hollande.
After this statement French President Peskov said that the Kremlin continues preparation for the forthcoming Putin’s visit to Paris. According to him, France was not notified about the possible cancellation of the meeting between the two leaders. He noted that in the framework of Putin’s visit to Paris scheduled talks at the Elysee Palace, the Russian President will also participate in the opening of the Russian spiritual center.
“Other information from our French colleagues do not have, and outcome of this” — said Peskov then.
The Minister of foreign Affairs of France Jean-Marc Ayrault in an interview with France Inter Radio said that Paris will appeal to the international court to investigate possible war crimes in Syria. “We do not agree with what Russia is doing, causing air strikes on Aleppo. As never before France seeks to save the people of Aleppo,” — said the French Minister.
In addition, he noted that the French President will take into account the situation in Aleppo as it will deal with the question about meeting with the Russian leader on 19 October. “If the President decides [to meet with Putin], there will be no pleasantries,” added the French foreign Minister.