Normandy Format: Russia refuses to hold Normandy talks at G20 summit, Kremlin says

10:02 Aug. 31, 2016

Russia refuses to hold Normandy talks at G20 summit, Kremlin says

The Kremlin (UNIAN photo)

Putin declined Poroshenko's proposal to hold talks in China after so-called terrorist attacks in Crimea, plans to hold bilateral meetings with Merkel and Hollande instead

No Normandy Four meeting is expected to take place at the G20 summit in China.

Russian President Putin plans to hold two bilateral meetings with the leaders of Germany and France instead. 

This is reported by Russian President's Aide Yury Ushakov, according to RIA Novosti. 

Read also: Putin sees no sense in 'Normandy format' meetings - Ukraine President's envoy

'The three participants of the Normandy Format will hold separate talks, which means there will be no Normandy Four meeting in China', Ushakov said. 

He added, Merkel, Hollande and Putin had initially planned to hold join trilateral meeting. However, later they decided to change the format due to their schedule. 

Ushakov stated, Ukraine would top the agenda of the talks. The leaders are going to discuss the future of the Normandy Format as well as the Minsk agreements. 

Read also: Expert Analysis: Minsk agreements ‘null and void' – US must step in

Earlier President Poroshenko proposed to hold a fully-fledged Normandy Four meeting at the G20 summit. Russia, in turn, decided to decline the idea. 

'The meeting wasn't agreed upon after the events in Crimea. Our President made his position very clear, and we refused to even consider this perspective', Ushakov stated. 

The G20 summit is scheduled to take place in China on September 4-5. 

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