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Kremlin not interested in Normandy format negotiation, - Ukraine's MFA head

Vadym Prystayko is convinced that Putin is comfortable with the current state of affairs in Donbas
07:58, 8 October 2019

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Foreign Minister of Ukraine Vadym Prystayko believes that the Kremlin's lack of interest is preventing negotiations in the Normandy format. He said this during the "Freedom of Speech" broadcast.

"So far, I do not see that Russia is interested in the meeting. The meeting is getting postponed further and further," the Foreign Minister said.

According to him, a new set of dates for negotiations is being suggested, but Russia has not yet declared its readiness to meet in the format of the Normandy Summit.

He pinpointed the previous reasons for postponing the meeting in the Normandy format, including the technical impossibility of Russian President Vladimir Putin to attend the summit, as well as the Kremlin's desire to continue the military conflict in eastern Ukraine.

Related: Date of Normandy Format summit not defined yet, - Putin's spokesperson Peskov

"Putin would like to continue the situation because it makes sense to him. That one and a half, maybe two, billions that he spends to keep us all tied to him the way he does in Transnistria, Abkhazia, and Ossetia, it suits him, I think," said the head of Ukrainian diplomacy.

He complained that partners from Germany and France were most concerned about the resumption of “usual state of affairs" in international relations.

Related: Ukraine-Russia negotiations possible only within Normandy format, - Zelensky's representative

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