The first deputy of the speaker of the Verkhovna Rada and the representative of Ukraine in the Trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine Iryna Gerashchenko announced the Normandy Format meeting on the level of the political advisers in August as Interfax-Ukraine reported.
According to her, the meeting will aim for the preparation of the negotiations of the leaders of the states. ‘At the moment, we talk about the meeting of the political advisers of the presidents in August’, she said.
The fulfillment of the reached agreements by the Normandy Four leaders within the recent phone talks will be the main issue of the meeting. Particularly, the issue is about the stabilization of the security situation and the discussing of the possibility to hold the meeting on the level of the presidents.
‘I do not exclude that Kremlin game lies in the fact that Germany starts the election in September and Russia will try to block the personal meetings. I think that Russia tried to pause the Normandy Format, taking into account the elections in France, Germany because it is necessary to answer unpleasant questions concerning security situation, the involvement of Russian army and weaponry to this conflict’, she suggested at the interview to the 5 TV Channel.
Gerashchenko also noted that the meeting of the leaders of Normandy Format will be better sooner or later’. According to her, it is very important to reach the certain results at the meeting.
Earlier, the phone talks of the Normandy Four took place. It lasted about two hours. The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko urged Russia to stop the aggressive actions and weaponry supply to the occupied territories and he also claimed about the necessity to introduce the UN peacekeeping to Donbas.