Ukraine peace process: Hollande announces 'Normandy Four' meeting in coming weeks

13:10 Sep. 5, 2016

Hollande announces 'Normandy Four' meeting in coming weeks

Angela Merkel, Vladimir Putin, Petro Poroshenko and Francois Hollande meet in Paris for Ukraine peace talks on Octaber2, 2015 (Getty Images)

Russia says it has not decided yet on whether to participate

A new round of Normandy Format talks on Ukraine peace process could take place in the coming weeks, according to the French President Francois Hollande.

"We need to continue the Minsk process […] including the implementation of the special status, [respond to] the security situation and the lack of trust between the parties. We agreed to organize in the next few weeks a summit between Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine," Hollande wrote on his Facebook page.

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As reported earlier, French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel held separate talks with Russia's Vladimir Putin on September 4 on the sidelines on G20 summit in China.

Putin and Merkel also spoke "very concretely" about the conflict in Ukraine and how to implement the Minsk agreement, a cease-fire and peace plan aimed at resolving the war in eastern Ukraine.

French media said Hollande-Putin meeting was unsuccessful, as the two leaders failed to overcome deep disagreements on Ukraine and Syria.

Hollande posted a statement on his Facebook page, saying he had "alerted" the Russian President to the humanitarian crisis in the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo, and also urged Putin to work toward a settlement in Ukraine.

Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said "Russia has yet to decide whether to participate in the meeting," Back in August Putin said it was senseless to organize such a meeting after the alleged foiled terror attack in Crimea.


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