Contents tagged with Normandy Format

  • Lavrov: Russia sees no reason for Normandy Format meeting

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on July 30 that he does not see the conditions for holding another Normandy Format (Ukraine, Germany, France and Russia) session at the highest level because “the leaders’ previous agreements have not been fulfilled”.

    “Until such a purely specific agreement of Normandy Four state officials on three specific settlements is carried out, holding another summit will not be very good for the Normandy Format’s reputation. Not to mention that in the …

  • German Foreign Minister anticipates difficult negotiations during the Normandy format talks

    In an interview with Bild, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that he expects difficult negotiations on the settlement of the conflict in the east of Ukraine in the so-called Normandy format that includes Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine.  After a 16-month break, a meeting of the foreign ministers of the four countries will take place in Berlin.

    The lack of progress in the implementation of the Minsk Agreements has complicated the situation for people in the east of Ukraine who want …

  • Russia voices demands ahead of Normandy Format meeting

    The Russian Foreign Ministry (MFA) will demand the withdrawal of forces from Stanytsia Luhanska and the documentation of the Steinmeier formula at a meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Normandy Four on June 11.

    "Without implementing the process in Stanytsia Luhanska, Ukrainian security forces are significantly strengthening their positions near the settlements of Zolote and Petrivske, from which them and the Donbas militia withdrew troops and equipment in the autumn of 2016," stated the …

  • Volker: France and Germany taking 'small steps' in negotiations with Russia, US approaching more ambitiously

    In an interview with Voice of America, US State Department Special Representative Kurt Volker said that while the United States is in constant contact with European partners, the US approach to negotiating with Russia regarding the Donbas conflict sometimes differs from the approach taken by Germany and France.

    "First of all, I believe that France and Germany are very serious [partners of Ukraine]. I think they very clearly understand the nature of the conflict, and Russia's responsibility, …

  • Ukrainian intelligence chief explains why US and Russia have stopped Donbas negotiations

    The Kremlin has decided to stop negotiations on the Donbas and to push for better conditions because the Normandy Format countries and the US have not agreed to Russia’s demands, Ukraine’s former foreign intelligence chief Nikolai Malomuzh said in an interview with InfoResist news outlet.

    “In this situation they [the Russian government] have decided to raise the stakes, so to speak, in the geopolitical game, in view of the fact that there needs to be a stronger argument for continuing the …

  • Media: Surkov and Volker were unable to agree on Ukrainian ‘law on Donbas’ while in Dubai

    Assistant to the Russian President Vladislav Surkov and US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker did not reach a unified position on the Ukrainian bill on the reintegration of the Donbas at the meeting in Dubai, reported Interfax citing a source familiar with the negotiations. "The main issue was the bill on the reintegration of the Donbas, however the parties continue to demonstrate different views to this issue," the source said. According to Interfax’s source, no concrete decisions …

  • Putin says he does not oppose US joining Normandy talks

    Russian President Vladimir Putin is not against the United States of America joining the Normandy format of talks on settling the conflict in the Donbas along with Ukraine, Germany, France, and Russia, he stated at a press conference.

    "The United States, in fact, is a full-fledged participant in the settlement process, regardless of whether it is within the framework of the Normandy format or not, the US is still very deeply involved and aware of events taking place there. Should they formally …

  • Advisors to the heads of countries taking part in Normandy talks met in Minsk behind closed doors

    Negotiations among the advisers of the leaders of the Normandy format countries ended in Minsk, as reported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus.The Press Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country, Dmitry Mironchik, relayed to BelTA, the meeting was held behind closed doors and lasted about four hours.

    He did not give any other details and the parties have not yet commented on the course and results of the meeting.

    The night before the talks, the Minister of Foreign …

  • Kremlin: participants of Normandy talks will not change situation in Ukraine

    The Kremlin said that members of the Normandy format and the US cannot provide a change in the situation in eastern Ukraine, as stated on October 9th at a briefing held by the Press Secretary of the Russian President, Dmitry Peskov.

    "Changes ‘on the ground’ cannot be achieved by the efforts of the countries participating in the Normandy process or other countries, in particular the United States," Peskov said.

    At the same time, the representative of the Kremlin said that the changes "on the …

  • Ukraine: meetings of US representative for Ukraine Volker and Putin’s aide Surkov are an addition to Normandy talks

    The meeting of the Special Representative of the US State Department Kurt Volker, and a personal advisor to the Russian President, Vladislav Surkov, is an additional platform for negotiations, which complements the Minsk and Normandy formats, the Political Director of the Directorate General for Policy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Oleksii Makeiev said, as reported by Radio Liberty. According to him, the Ukrainians were informed in advance about the details of this planned …