Contents tagged with Normandy Format

  • Ukrainian Foreign Minister: Kyiv is ready for 'reasonable compromise' on Donbas

    Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko said that the Ukrainian side expects real progress in settlement of the conflict in the Donbas after the Normandy Four meeting.

    During a joint briefing with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas in Kyiv, Prystaiko said that "We [Ukraine] hope that at this meeting we will achieve the real progress that we have expected since at least 2016, when the last Normandy Four meeting was held."

    Prystaiko said that the Ukrainian delegation will go to the Normandy …

  • Ukrainian Foreign Minister: Russia has set new precondition for Normandy summit

    Russia is demanding to harmonize a document that will serve as the outcome of the Normandy Format summit, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko said at a press conference, as cited by RBC-Ukraine.

    He pointed out that in September there were only two demands: approval of the so-called Steinmeier Formula, and the disengagement of forces along three stretches of the demarcation line.

    “We are now completing the third stretch, and the Russian party is starting to talk about a document which …

  • The Kremlin rejects idea of the US joining Normandy format talks

    The Press Secretary of Russian President Dmitry Peskov said that Russia does not support the idea of the US participation in the Normandy Four negotiations to resolve the conflict in Eastern Ukraine, reports Radio Liberty. Peskov also noted that the United States could use its influence on Ukraine.

    Peskov’s comment was a response to the statement of the Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, who earlier said that it would be hard to find a solution to the Ukrainian conflict without the …

  • Ukrainian Foreign Minister: Russia reluctant to meet in Normandy Format

    Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko believes that the only reason there has not yet been a Normandy Format summit is that Russia is unwilling.

    “Feeling that the pressure is intensifying, that Ukraine is making real steps, Russia is forced to look for more and more new reasons not to hold this meeting. I currently don’t see any interest in the meeting, at least, this meeting is being postponed further and further. At first we heard Putin’s technical inability to come, although the date …

  • US interested in Zelensky’s proposal to expand Normandy Format

    The US is interested in and open to the possibility of expanding the Normandy Format by including the US itself or the UK, US chargé d’affaires in Kyiv William Taylor told Eurointegration in an interview.

    “President Zelensky has already raised this issue, and so yes, this possibility is being considered. Zelensky explained: since the Normandy Format has not had success, has not led to any results, he proposes to invite the Americans or, for example, the British to join Normandy. We consider it …

  • Convoy with Ukraine's Donetsk governor comes under fire in Donbas

    Near the southern part of the Hranitne village in eastern Ukraine, an anti-tank missile system destroyed a KrAZ truck belonging to one of the Joint Forces divisions, the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) reported on Facebook.

    “One soldier was killed as a result of an anti-tank guided missile hitting the body of the truck. Another soldier received medium severity wounds,” the report states.

    The wounded soldier has received medical attention and been evacuated to a hospital.

    Citing its own source, …

  • Ukrainian President Zelensky: preparations for the Normandy format meeting have started

    President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, at a joint briefing with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris, said that the advisers of the member-countries of the Normandy format will meet soon to prepare for the meeting of the leaders of Ukraine, Germany, France, and Russia, reports Ukrinform News Agency.

    "We agreed on the importance of restoring cooperation within the Normandy format. Our foreign policy advisers will meet soon and prepare the next meeting of the leaders. This is a key issue," …

  • Putin says he was not invited to the Normandy Four meeting in June

     Russian President, Vladimir Putin, said that nobody discussed the possibility of holding Normandy Four format leaders meeting in June with the Russian side, and there are no such negotiations in his working schedule, reports TASS.

    “I don’t know anything about this. Nobody discussed it with us. There is no such meeting in my work schedule,” said Putin commenting on the Petro Poroshenko's statement about his plans to meet the leaders of the Norman Four in June.

    Putin’s press secretary, Dmitry …

  • Germany and France insist on maintaining ‘Normandy format’ talks after elections in Ukraine

    Germany and France insisted on the G-7 group countries to continue their mediating efforts to resolve the conflict in Ukraine. Berlin and Paris consider it necessary to continue negotiations in the Normandy format regarding the future of eastern Ukraine, said German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas during the consultations of the foreign ministers of the leading industrial countries which took place in Dinard, France, on Saturday, April 6.

    Maas said that both Germany and France hope for further …

  • Putin: Normandy format meetings before the elections in Ukraine meaningless

    Russian President Vladimir Putin, during his briefing to the Russian media, stated that meetings in the Normandy format before the presidential elections in Ukraine, which will take place on March 31, are meaningless.

    “At the moment, meeting in the Normandy format during the election campaign that is taking place in Ukraine, is pretty much meaningless because today’s Ukrainian authorities have not shown any desire to comply with the Minsk agreements. They do nothing to implement these …