12:39 Aug. 28, 2016
Iryna Gerashchenko comments on 1st meeting in Minsk after Crimean provocation
Russia's representatives have heavily criticized and discredited the 'Normandy format' at a meeting of the Contact Group in Minsk, Ukrainian President's envoy on a peaceful settlement of the situation in Donetsk and Luhansk regions (Trilateral Contact Group) and first deputy speaker of the Ukrainian parliament, Iryna Gerashchenko wrote on Facebook.
"It was the first meeting after the Crimean provocation staged by the Russian Federation ... Following the meeting, Putin angrily stated that the 'Normandy format' meeting would make little sense. So yesterday, the 'Normandy format' was exposed to harsh attack and criticism from the Kremlin puppets (and not only they)," Gerashchenko wrote.
"This is an alarming signal, and I think the leaders of the Normandy format should pay attention to it, because everything that is happening looks like the Kremlin's pre-arranged scenario," the Ukrainian politician summed up.
Earlier, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated that Ukraine had proposed that the 'Normandy Four' leaders should hold a meeting on the sidelines of the September Group 20 Summit in China.
The previous meeting in the Normandy Four format was held in Paris in October last year.
Reporting by UNIAN