Given different positions of Kyiv and Moscow, the meeting's outcome will highly depend on the stance of Berlin and Paris
In the evening of October 19, the German Chancellor Angela Merkel will hold a meeting with the leaders of France, Ukraine and Russia. It has been a long time in preparation and agreed upon literally a day ago.
As many analysts say, there is a slight chance of a breakthrough during the negotiations. The German and French leaders have made their best to activate the Minsk agreements which seem to have turned into a folly.
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The Ukrainian party insists on the security issue to be the leading topic - a total ceasefire, Ukraine's control over its border with Russia and the involvement of an international armed mission. On the other hand, Russia expects Ukraine to perform the political part of the Minsk agreement - local elections in the occupied territories of Donbas, autonomous status to the region and an amnesty to militants. So, the result of the meeting will highly depend on the position of Berlin and Paris.
The negotiations are to start at 6.30 p.m. Kyiv time. Firstly, it will be a meeting of Merkel, Hollande and Poroshenko. Then, they will be joined by Putin. Talks can take a long time, even carrying on until the early hours of the next morning.
A press conference is scheduled directly after the talks, with Merkel and Hollande as speakers. However, no international media are being invited, only one German channel has been allowed into the place so far.