: Merkel 'politely declines' U.S. participation in Normandy talks on Ukraine - media

15:06 May. 21, 2016

Merkel 'politely declines' U.S. participation in Normandy talks on Ukraine - media

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Barack Obama meet in Hanover, Germany (GettyImages Photo)

American President Obama allegedly proposed to expand "Normandy 4" in April

American President Barack Obama allegedly wanted the U.S. to be a part of the "Normandy 4" talks on Ukraine. During the April industrial exposition in Hannover, Obama proposed this idea to German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

This was reported by Ukrainian major weekly newspaper Dzerkalo Tyzhnia. According to it, Merkel didn't find this idea so compelling.

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"Our sources claim, Barack Obama told Angela Merkel the United States could take part in the "Normandy Four" sessions, where Ukrainian conflict is discussed. However, he received a polite rejection", the agency said.

 The reason for the rejection was not specified.

Ukraine has continuously backed the potential participation of the U.S. in the Normandy talks. Russia, in turn, has stated "there was no need for the expansion".

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Earlier today, Ukraine's deputy Prime Minister for European Integration Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze said, the U.S. were already taking part in the Normandy talks "in a way".

"I don't think the Normandy format will change, but Washington is already participating in the talks by holding joint consultation with Ukraine, Germany and France", the official claimed.

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