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Poroshenko to discuss with Merkel and Hollande holding of Normandy meeting

Source : 112 Ukraine

He also said that Ukraine is interested in attracting US to negotiations on the condition that Russia will remain at the negotiating table
21:03, 15 October 2016

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President Petro Poroshenko said he intends in coming days to discuss a possible meeting in the "Normandy" format with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande. He stated this at a briefing in Kharkiv, reports "Interfax".

"Tomorrow (on Sunday - Ed.) Or Monday morning will be held a telephone conversation with German Chancellor and the French President, and if we see prospect we are ready at any time to assemble this meeting, if Russia is ready to fulfill the obligations assumed by themselves in the package of security, "- Poroshenko said.

He also stressed that Ukraine considers unacceptable exit of the Minsk process.

"If someone knowingly or unknowingly works on a country-aggressor, insisting that Ukraine independently should initiate the withdrawal from the Minsk process, so it's something that Russians want: they say, look, they (Ukrainians - Ed.) do not fulfill the agreement, they are irresponsible and then - let's remove sanctions off Russia, let's not bring it to justice... This is a dead end, "- Poroshenko said.

"Today, I am firmly convinced that strong motivations to keep Russia at the negotiating table and ensure that it will fulfill its obligations - are the" Normandy" format and the Minsk process" - summed up the president.

He also said that Ukraine is interested in attracting US to negotiations on the condition that Russia will remain at the negotiating table.

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