Kremlin does not rule out personal meeting between Putin and Zelensky in France, - source

Negotiations between two presidents may take place during the summit in Normandy format
13:19, 19 November 2019

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky and leader of Russia Vladimir Putin
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Kremlin does not rule out that personal meeting between President of Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky may take place in France, Kommersant reports, citing its own source.

“Their (between President of Russian Federation and Ukraine – ed.) bilateral negotiations are not planned to take place in France, which hosts the summit, the sources state. But, according to them, you cannot rule out such an opportunity,” the message informs.

However, it was earlier stated that President of Russia Vladimir Putin sees no point in the holding of the meeting with Ukraine’s leader Volodymyr Zelensky before the Normandy format summit as he stated during BRIСS summit.

Related: Putin and Macron discussed situation in Ukraine over telephone

“The point is, that there is no issue about the meeting before the Normandy format as we agreed that we would meet in the Normandy Format. But if we will meet, why do we need to fuss and run for unprepared meetings? I believe that nobody is interested in it: neither me nor President Zelensky. We should come out with some results. We are in contact with him already, we talk by telephone. The full contact is between us but we should come to some decisions," Putin stated.

As we reported earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the situation in Ukraine with French President Emmanuel Macron over the phone, according to the press-service of the head of the Russian Federation.

"The main attention is paid to the situation in Ukraine - taking into account the preparations for the summit scheduled for December 9 in Paris in the" Norman format ". It is emphasized on both sides that holding such a meeting should really contribute to the speedy and full implementation of the Minsk agreements," - the press service noted.

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