The President of Russia Vladimir Putin, President of France Emmanuel macron, the Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel and President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky are meeting at the Elysee Palace.
Russian President Vladimir Putin held in Paris at the Elysee Palace, talks with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron. The first meeting was held tete-a-tete, and then to the presidents joined members of the delegations.
December 9, Vladimir Putin arrived in Paris for a summit “channel four” – Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany. As usual Putin arrived to the event after all the others leaders. It was assumed that Putin and Makron, in addition to discussing bilateral agenda, touched upon the issues of strategic security in Europe. France is the only country that responded to Putin’s proposal on a moratorium on the deployment of intermediate-range and shorter-range nuclear forces (INF) in Europe, reports “Interfax”.
«Нормандська четвірка» зайняла місця за столом переговорів. Наразі перемовини тривають за зачиненими дверима без представників преси.
Geplaatst door Офіс Президента України op Maandag 9 december 2019
After talks with Macron Putin also met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Then began the summit of “Normandy four”, after which the participants for the first time in the history of such summits had planned a joint release to the press.
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“The ongoing debate around a previously prepared draft of a joint document. Discussion of current issues”, – said the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov on the progress of negotiations. He has previously said that any agreement will not be accepted, but “a document – it is too early to say how it will be named, may be adopted following the meeting”. “This non-binding document, non-binding agreement, but you can expect that it will be fixed some points on which there is a common understanding,” – said the press Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation.
Leaders meeting will last several hours, said Deputy head of the office of the President of Ukraine Kirill Timoshenko. ACCORDING to him, the discussion is lively, and the mood of the participants is “quite work”.
Then the negotiations were interrupted for a bilateral meeting of President Vladimir Zelensky, President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin. “Now began the meeting between the two heads of state. After renewed negotiations in the quadripartite format”, – informed the office of the President of Ukraine in his telegram channel. To “Norman” format, the parties plan to return at dinner time.
The German government previously said that there are “a wide range of topics” for discussion. The meeting of Putin and Merkel against the backdrop of the expulsion of Berlin in early December, two Russian diplomats due to insufficient, in the opinion of the German side, cooperation of the authorities of the Russian Federation on the case of murder of Georgian citizen khangoshvili in Berlin this summer. According to Merkel, this case will not affect a summit in the Normandy format, as it is an event primarily for bilateral relations between Germany and Russia. On the question of whether she intends to discuss this issue with Putin in Paris, Merkel said, “We’ll let you know what we’ll talk.”
The last time Putin and Merkel met on the sidelines of the group of twenty summit in Osaka in late June of this year.
In the press service of the Kremlin says that in January-September 2019 the volume of Russian-German trade turnover was reduced in comparison with the similar period of 2018 12.9% and amounted to 38.5 billion dollars. Russian exports to Germany decreased by 18.3% to 20.5 billion dollars, and imports increased 5.8% to $ 18 billion. In 2018, according to the FCS of Russia, the volume of Russian-German trade amounted to 59.6 billion dollars, which is almost 20% higher than in 2017.
After meeting with Him and Merkel, the Russian leader was supposed to hold talks with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky. Before that, the Ukrainian leader met Angela Merkel, reports TASS. Along with Zelensky France went thirteen Ministers and heads of departments, Deputy heads of President’s office the President said.
According to him, arrived in Paris the Minister of foreign Affairs Vadim pristayko, the Minister of internal Affairs Arsen Avakov, the Minister of energy and environmental protection Alexey Orzhel, the head of the security Service of Ukraine Ivan Bakanov, commander in chief of the Armed forces of Ukraine Ruslan Homchak, the first assistant to the President Sergey Shafir, assistant to the President Andrey Ermak, presidential adviser Ruslan Demchenko, the head of the office of the President Andriy Bogdan and his three Deputy – Cyril Tymoshenko, Yuriy Kostyuk and Igor Zhovkva, Executive Director of “Naftogaz of Ukraine” Yuriy Vitrenko.
French police and security of the Elysee Palace was attended in the district increased security measures. Traffic on the street immediately adjacent to the Palace was closed on Sunday.
At some point before all of the press at the entrance to the Elysee Palace “has popped up two naked to the waist of the girl, shouted anti-Russian slogans”, notes TASS. They were arrested and taken away by the police.
We will add, the last time Putin and macron held bilateral talks at Fort Bregancon in the South of France during the working visit of the Russian leader to the Republic in August. After that the two presidents, four were on the phone. This year Putin and macron met in June on the sidelines of the group of twenty summit in Osaka and briefly talked at the end of September in Paris after the farewell ceremony with the former President of France Jacques Chirac.
As of the end of September of the current year the mutual trade turnover of Russia with France has decreased by 19.3% compared to the first three quarters of 2018, said the press service of the Kremlin. Russian exports to the Republic decreased by 14.3% and imports from France – 22.8%. A year earlier, the volume of bilateral trade between the two countries increased in comparison with 2017 11.2% to 17.2 billion dollars.