Diplomacy efforts to bring peace to Donbas: Ukraine readies for another meeting in the 'Normandy format'

11:55 Sep. 7, 2016

Ukraine readies for another meeting in the 'Normandy format'

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko talk after a group photo, France, June 6, 2014 (AP Photo)

Berlin is the most likely venue, Poroshenko's administration says  

Kyiv is getting ready for the much-expected meeting of leaders from Ukraine, Germany, Russia, and France in the so-called 'Normandy format', says deputy chief of the Presidential Administration Kostyantyn Yeliseyev.

According to him the talks, announced earlier this week by the French President Francois Hollande, may be held in Berlin at the invitation of the German Chancellor.

Yeliseyev added that in the near future, a telephone conference between Petro Poroshenko, Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande will be held, to discuss the recent developments in eastern Ukraine, and "a common position for the near future" will be worked out.

The date of the meeting is yet to be agreed by all parties.

On September 5, Russia's President Vladimir Putin said he supported the ‘Normandy format,' but the meetings should produce a result:

"As for the Normandy format, whether it is good or bad, there is no other option for at least making attempts towards the settlement," Putin said.

The Normandy Four meeting was expected to be organised in China's Hangzhou during the G20 Summit. However, after the escalation of tensions in Crimea and FSB claims about planned terror attacks on the Russian-occupied peninsula, Moscow said it was "senseless" to organise the talks under such circumstances.

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