The first 2020 summit of the Normandy Four countries leaders may take place after the meeting of the advisers, the President of Ukraine said. He called the maintenance of the ceasefire regime the main issue of the likely summit.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy admits an early meeting of the leaders of Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine in the Normandy Format. “I can’t promise, but I hope that another meeting of advisers will take place in ten days, and afterwards a summit with the participation of leaders should take place,” the Ukrainian president said at a joint press conference with Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen in Vienna on Tuesday, September 15th.
According to Zelensky, all four leaders “confirmed their readiness” to meet. At the same time, the unnamed interlocutor of Interfax believes that it is too early to talk about timing the summit and there are no prerequisites for such a meeting.
Maintaining the ceasefire regime on the contact line in Donbass should be a key issue for the summit, the President of Ukraine stressed. Official Kiev does not believe in the absence of provocations, he added.
The leaders of Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine last met in the framework of the Normandy format in December 2019 in Paris. Based on the decisions of the Paris summit, Kiev and the self-proclaimed “republics” of Donbass exchanged prisoners several times. According to the UN, since the beginning of the conflict in eastern Ukraine in the spring of 2014, more than 13 thousand people have died.
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