Contents tagged with Normandy Format

  • 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 …

  • Special Representative for Ukraine Volker sees no point in US joining the Normandy format

    In an interview with, US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker said that he sees no point in the US joining the Normandy format.

    "Berlin and Paris use their capabilities within the framework of the Minsk process to discuss specific details: where the ceasefire line should lie; how, where and when heavy weapons should be withdrawn; how to counteract escalation in specific hot spots, etc. These are certainly important things. However, the direct participation of the US, I think, …

  • Ukraine to convene 'Normandy Format' conference call

    Ukraine intends to organize a telephone conference of the "Normandy format" member countries to resolve the situation in the Donbas.

    Foreign Minister Pavel Klimkin announced this on Tuesday in Rome, where he is on a two-day working visit, reported RFE/RL.

    A telephone conference between the main representatives of Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France should be held in the near future.

    "We're talking about a matter of days," Klimkin said at a press conference in the Italian Foreign Ministry. …

  • Ukraine asked the U.S. to join the Normandy format

    The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Pavlo Klimkin, during his visit to Washington and in meetings with U.S. President Donald Trump and Vice President Michael Pence, discussed the possibility of involving the U.S. in the negotiations on the settlement of the situation in the Donbas within the framework of the Normandy format.

    "The situation in the Donbas and the implementation of the Minsk Agreements were discussed. The Americans have a clear understanding of what Russian aggression is …

  • Poroshenko: Macron will become an ally of Ukraine in the Normandy format talks

    President Petro Poroshenko is hopeful that the election of Emmanuel Macron to the French Presidency will bring more effective work to the Normandy Four, as he wrote on his Facebook page.

    "With this victory, Ukraine has found a reliable ally in the Normandy group in the struggle to restore our sovereignty and territorial integrity," Poroshenko said.

    The President also thanked the winner of the election for "an uncompromising support of Ukraine in dealing with Russian aggression," although it …

  • Talk between Putin, Merkel and Hollande: Putin demands lifting of trade blockade from the separatist republics

    On April 4, a telephone conversation took place between three of the four participants in the "Normandy Format" of negotiations regarding the settlement of the situation in the uncontrolled territories of the Donbas. Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande attended. The negotiators discussed the situation in the Donbas, the continuation of the "Minsk process" [another format of negotiations on the same topic], and the "Easter" …

  • Germany and Russia want to bring the United States to the negotiating table over Ukraine

    The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Germany and Russia, Sigmar Gabriel and Sergey Lavrov favored the involvement of the United States in negotiations on settlement of the situation in the Donbas. They stated this after bilateral negotiations in Moscow, UNIAN reported.

    In particular, Gabriel said that the Federal Republic of Germany and Russia are seeking contact with a new U.S Administration but now it is difficult to find interlocutors there until they got everything settled.

    “As for eastern …

  • Poroshenko said German president-elect Steinmeier is 'Ukraine’s great friend'

    The President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, called Frank-Walter Steinmeier a "great friend of Ukraine" in a statement honoring his election as President of Germany, as Poroshenko wrote on Twitter.

    "I cordially congratulate Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the great friend of Ukraine, on his election as the Federal President of Germany. I hope for the continuation of a friendly and fruitful cooperation for the sake of the prosperity of a united Europe – democratic and free," Poroshenko wrote.

    The …

  • Lavrov: Normandy format negotiations might be no more than 'a meeting for the sake of meeting'

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov did not rule out Russia’s participation in the meeting of the Normandy Four that will take place on November 29. He noted that this meeting should not be just “a meeting for the sake of meeting.”

    “I don’t think that we will be able to agree on all points by November 29 although we will do everything possible for it. However, there is still a serious risk that this meeting will be held again just for the sake of meeting. Anyway, if my colleagues in the …

  • Hahn: The EU does not want to interfere in the Normandy format, but wants to focus on humanitarian issues in the Donbas

    According to Johannes Hahn, the Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy & Enlargement Negotiations, the EU does not want to interfere in the Normandy format, but it wants a larger role in resolving the humanitarian crisis in the Donbas, Evropeyskaya Pravda reported.

    Hahn noted that interference in the Normandy format may cause “unnecessary turbulence” in resolving the conflict in eastern Ukraine, but the EU would like to focus its efforts on humanitarian issues.

    "We believe that the EU …