President of Russian Federation Vladimir Putin claimed that there had already been some thaw in relations with Ukraine. He stated this at a final briefing following the results of the meeting in Normandy format, broadcasted by the 112 Ukraine TV Channel.
"Speaking on if there is some thaw - I think so. Well, of course. Look, first of all, there has already been an exchange of detained persons, it has happened. We have achieved a disengagement in three points, and this has happened. We have met now in the Normandy format and have discussed a very important, broad range of issues, and we have achieved progress in most of them. So all this together gives reason to believe that the process is moving in the right direction," Putin said.
As we reported earlier, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel met on December 9 in Paris at the Normandy Summit.
The four agreed to implement measures to stabilize the situation in the Donbas conflict zone. The parties have committed themselves to implement all the necessary measures to support the ceasefire before the end of 2019.