Contents tagged with Normandy Four

  • 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 …

  • Former Ukrainian President Poroshenko speaks about squabble with Putin over Steinmeier Formula at Normandy summit

    Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said that at the last Normandy Format summit in 2016 he and Vladimir Putin had a heated argument regarding the Steinmeier Formula.

    “The last meeting was in Berlin. Putin said: We have the Steinmeier Formula, written by Lavrov. I say: Here is a letter from the two foreign ministers of France and Germany, in which they set out what the Steinmeier Formula is. He takes this form, reads it and says: No, this isn’t it at all, Lavrov is writing the …

  • Putin's aide Surkov to represent Russia at the Normandy Four meeting

    Vladislav Surkov, aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin will represent Russia at the meeting of advisers on international affairs of the Normandy Four leaders, according Putin’s press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, Interfax reports. “Surkov should represent us,” Peskov said.

    Earlier, Russia and Germany agreed to resolve the Kerch Crisis through the Normandy format, a diplomatic group of the representatives of four countries: Germany, Russia, Ukraine, and France.

  • 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 …

  • Ukrainian President speaks with Merkel before Putin's visit to Germany

    On Thursday, August 16, President Petro Poroshenko had a telephone conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel ahead of the visit of the Russian President Vladimir Putin to Germany, the press service of the Ukrainian President announced.

    The leaders of Ukraine and Germany coordinated their positions ahead of Putin's visit. They discussed the situation in the Donbas and further efforts aimed at peaceful reconciliation.

    Poroshenko reminded Merkel about the Ukrainian political prisoners …

  • Lavrov names two conditions for Russia’s participation at Normandy four summit

    The Foreign Minister of Russia, Sergey Lavrov excludes the possibility for Russia's participation in the Normandy four summit prior to withdrawal of armed forces and assets near Stanytsia Luhanska and granting "special status" to the Donbas, reports Interfax-Ukraine.

    "We are all for the active work of the Normandy four but not when these meetings end with agreements that are not being implemented," said Lavrov.

    The head of the Russian Foreign Ministry recalled that there was no withdrawal of …

  • Poroshenko, Merkel, Macron to meet in Germany in May

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron plan to meet in May in the German city of Aachen, Mrs. Merkel announced at a briefing on April 10.

    “The Ukrainian President will be in Aachen and we might have a meeting,” she said to journalists regarding the possibility of a meeting in the Normandy Four format in Aachen. “We’ve already discussed this. Mr. Macron will be there too, and myself. But this of course will not be a meeting of …

  • Ukrainian President Poroshenko holds telephone talks with Putin

    The Presidential Administration of Ukraine’s Press Service has confirmed that a telephone conversation took place between Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin. This was reported by the Presidential Administration, ZN reports.

    The newspaper’s sources touched upon the issue of expanding the release of Ukrainian hostages.

    It was also noted that the conversation took place in coordination with European Normandy Format partners and American allies.

    "The …

  • Macron and Putin hold phone conversation to discuss situation in Ukraine

    French President Emmanuel Macron and Russian President Vladimir Putin held a telephone conversation on Friday.

    The Kremlin’s press service reported that the Heads of State discussed the situation in Ukraine "with an emphasis on the need for full implementation of the [Minsk Agreements]”, among other things.

    Later, Elysee Palace releases statement confirming conversation occurred.

    "In connection with the Russian-Ukrainian crisis, the President of the Republic noted that implementation of the …

  • Merkel and Macron call to stop violation of ceasefire in Donbas

    In a joint statement by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron following a telephone conversation in the “Normandy” format, the leaders of the “Normandy Four” countries have urged an immediate stop to the violation of the ceasefire in the Donbas and insisted on the continuation of the truce.  

    “Violations of the ceasefire must be stopped immediately. State and government leaders demand the implementation of the ceasefire agreement of July 21st, 2017 agreed upon by …