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Meeting of Zelensky and Putin might take place in October, - Russian media

The meeting of the leaders of Ukraine and the Russian Federation depends on tomorrow's meeting of Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk
11:49, 17 September 2019
 
The meeting between President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin might take place in October. September 18, the Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk should agree on the timing of the troops' withdrawal in Donbas, and also approve and sign a single edition of "Steinmeier formula." Kommersant magazine reported this.

"If this is done, the likelihood that the first meeting of Vladimir Putin and Volodymyr Zelensky will be held in October at the Normandy format summit - will approach 100%," reads the message.

This is a second September meeting of the contact group on resolving the situation in eastern Ukraine, which would be held on September 18 in Minsk, is the second in a row this month.

At the upcoming meeting in Minsk, the representatives of the TCG should prepare the conditions for the Normandy format summit in Paris.

Related: Donbas war: 14 ceasefire violations over day, one soldier wounded

 
First, there should be the Normandy format negotiations (Ukraine, Russia, France, Germany), and only after this, the US should enter into the Donbas conflict settlement. 

“We need to prove to ourselves and everyone that it is either working or ineffective. If we can honestly tell our partners that this format is not entirely effective and we cannot get out of the war, then we can talk about changing it,” Ukraine's Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko said, commenting on the settlement of the conflict with the existing mechanism.
 
 
 
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