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Ukraine's Foreign Minister reveals ins and outs of Normandy talks

Source : 112 Ukraine

Vadym Prystaiko states that the member countries commit to a very cautious approach, without setting too ambitious goals, which could harm the peace process in Ukraine
10:44, 18 November 2019

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All sides of the Normandy format talks have already approved a brief closing official document, a communique. However, if there's any breakthrough in the negotiation, a new document will be developed. RBC-Ukraine reported that, quoting Vadym Prystaiko, the Foreign Minister of Ukraine.

"(...) Let's keep our expectations under control and don't set too ambitious goals ahead of us so that we fail to achieve them and say we couldn't make any progress and even fell behind. It's a safe approach, which is observed in the short communique that we spoke about. We developed the document, all four sides agreed on it, it's a working document that the foreign affairs counselors offer their leaders. If any breakthrough is made in the talks of the leaders - we would really like it to happen - then the new document will be prepared quickly. For one, all four leaders agree that the war has to end, and there are three or four steps that need to be done. It's a perfect scenario but currently, our expectations are based on the smallest possible option," he said.

Related: Zelensky’s Office confirms Normandy Format meeting on December 9 in Paris

The Minister explained that by the beginning of the Normandy Summit, Russia must return the Ukrainian ships captured in the Kerch Strait.

Previously, French leader Emmanual Macron said that leaders of Ukraine, France, Germany and Russia would meet in Paris on December 9 in order to activate the efforts seeking for a peaceful solution to the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

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