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Normandy Four leaders discussed Donbas-related questions without Zelensky

Source : 112 Ukraine

Top statesmen of France, Germany and Russia held a videoconference, where they talked through current conflicts in various hot spots in Europe and Africa
11:05, 31 March 2021

EPA / UPG

Leaders of France, Germany and Russia, the Normandy Four member countries gathered for a video conference and discussed some of the burning issues, including the combat against Covid-19 pandemic, the latest developments in Syria, Libya, Belarus and Ukraine. President Volodymyr Zelensky did not participate.

The Kremlin's official website reported that on March 31.

During the detailed exchanges of views about the situation in Ukraine, the sides agreed that there was no alternative to Minsk agreements, which paves the way to solve the conflict. Russian leader Vladimir Putin insisted it was important that the Ukrainian government "lived up to the previously reached agreements about the direct dialogue with the occupied territories".

Related: ‘Nothing about us without us’: Normandy without Ukraine?

Earlier, Vice Prime Minister and Minister for the Temporarily Occupied Territories Oleksiy Reznikov offered to involve the United States, as an OSCE member and guarantor of the Budapest Memorandum, in the Normandy format talks and the Trilateral Contact Group on resolving the situation in Donbas.

Related: Vice PM Reznikov proposes to involve US in Normandy format talks

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