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Merkel raises topic of early Normandy format meeting

Merkel and Macron believe that the summit should be preceded by a preparatory meeting of advisers to the heads of state of Germany, France, Ukraine, and Russia
14:46, 26 August 2019
 
German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced the desire of Paris and Berlin to hold a summit of the leaders of the Normandy Four countries - Germany, France, Ukraine and Russia. She said this on the sidelines of the G7 summit in French Biarritz, reported Deutsche welle with reference to the Dpa German news agency.

Merkel noted that she and French President Emanuel Macron believe that a summit in the Normandy format should be preceded by a preparatory meeting of the advisers to the heads of states, and, if necessary, foreign ministers.

According to Chancellor, during the discussion on Donbas conflict at the G7 summit on August 24, various assessments were voiced, but she made it clear on behalf of Germany that progress was needed in the implementation of the Minsk agreements in order to again be able to talk about attracting Russia to the G7 format.
 
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This view was also supported by other participants of the summit.

It is assumed that the next meeting in the Normandy format will be held in Paris. The last meeting took place in Germany in 2016.

On August 24, it was reported that U.S. State Department Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker announced that the U.S. was ready to join the Normandy format if necessary.

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