In Paris on 12 July hosted a meeting of advisors of heads of state and government of the “Normandy format” on settlement of the conflict in the East of Ukraine. No official statements on the results was not done. According to the Russian sources, to bring closer the positions on the meeting failed, however, the parties have demonstrated a willingness to dialogue, reports Interfax-Ukraine.
In turn, the German side saw a positive trend in the situation in the East of Ukraine that became the basis for discussion of further steps for the implementation of the Minsk agreements and, above all, ensure the cease-fire, says DW with reference to the Agency DPA.
That the meeting in Normandy format at the level of the advisers to the heads of France, Germany, Ukraine and Russia will be held in Paris became known on the day of the telephone talks between Putin and Zelensky. Earlier, during the visit of Vladimir Zelensky in Germany, Angela Merkel has named the date of the meeting, on 12 July, but she was supposed to take place in Minsk.
In a press-service of the President of Ukraine, UNIAN Agency reportedthat the President of Ukraine at the meeting the Deputy head of presidential administration Vadim pristayko (in early July Zelensky has submitted to the Verkhovna Rada representation on the appointment Pristayko Minister of foreign Affairs). From Russia to Paris went Putin aide Vladislav Surkov.
In the first conversation Zelensky and Putin discussed the question of the continuation of negotiations in the “Norman format.” On the need for resumption of these meetings on 17 and 18 June, the President Zelensky said during her first visits to France and Germany.
July 8, the Ukrainian President in public video offered Putin to expand the “Normandy format”, inviting to negotiations, in addition to the leaders of France and Germany, the leaders of the US and the UK.
On 9 July the French foreign Ministry commented on the proposal of the President of Ukraine on the extension of the “channel format”: “Meeting in the channel format aimed at facilitating the implementation of the commitments undertaken by parties under the Minsk agreements, which constitute the agreed basis for a settlement of the conflict in Eastern Ukraine. These meetings do not exclude any other diplomatic efforts aimed at achieving this goal.”
On July 11, the Russian President said that he is ready for any format of talks, but only after the Ukraine elections of the Parliament (21 July) and the formation of a new government.
The Normandy format talks on settling conflict in Eastern Ukraine since June 2014, when the leaders of the four countries agreed to its formation at the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the landing of allied troops in Normandy.
The last summit in the “Normandy format” held in October 2016 in Berlin. At the level of foreign Ministers of the Quartet met in February 2017 in Munich.