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

The head of the President’s Office believes that it is possible to solve all issues within the Normandy format
15:45, 25 September 2019

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Presidential office head Andriy Bohdan believes that at this stage negotiations between the President of Russia Vladimir Putin and the President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky are possible only within the Normandy format, Interfax-Ukraine reports, referring to Bohdan's comment to the correspondent of the program "60 minutes ("Russia-1").

The correspondent asked Bohdan whether Putin and Zelensky could negotiate. "It seems to me that they will. The only thing - the question is who else will be present at these negotiations," Bohdan replied.

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To the request to justify if he was referring to the Normandy format, he said: "Normandy format, of course."

After being asked to clarify if the Normandy Four summit (Ukraine, Germany, France, Russia) would take place in October, Bohdan said: "We are looking forward to it."

"We believe that it is possible to resolve all the questions (within the Normandy format). But it depends mostly on the desire of the leadership of Russia," said the chief of the Zelensky Office.

There was a question if there had been a warm-up in relations between Russia and Ukraine. "It may be considered differently, but I see that there is a dialogue, and dialogue is the first step," Bohdan replied

As we reported earlier, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky is on a working visit to the United States to participate in the 74th session of the UN General Assembly.

During his speech at the summit, the president assured that the ending of the war in the east in a political and diplomatic way is the main goal for Ukraine.

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