Russian President Vladimir Putin met with the head of the political council of the Opposition Platform - For Life party, MP Viktor Medvedchuk and the Chairman of the State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin. According to the Kremlin’s press service, the idea of creating a parliamentary dimension of the Normandy format was discussed during the meeting.
“It seems to me, it's a good idea. We - somehow, I don’t remember when, but some time ago - already discussed this topic. Of course, if parliamentarians in Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France support what is being done at the executive level, it seems to me that this would be very good. And I really hope that you will succeed - I hope, also with the support of the presidential administration of Ukraine," Putin said.
In his turn, Medvedchuk thanked Putin for his support.
"Firstly, many thanks, Vladimir Vladimirovich... And there were proposals, as a matter of fact, even today - I thank Vyacheslav Viktorovich for this - at the meeting with the delegation of the State Duma of the Russian Federation that the inter-factional parliamentary association created within the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine to transform into an inter-parliamentary union - that is, parliaments, delegations of the parliaments of all four countries, representing the Normandy format, in order to assist the heads of the states in the issues of peaceful settlement," he said.
“We understand that you can manage it, but it seems to me that the parliamentary potential, especially considering the fact that Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada needs to adopt the laws, stipulated by the Minsk agreements - o elections, amnesty, special status, and amendments to the Constitution. Thus the help of our colleagues from the State Duma and the parliaments of France and Germany would not only be appropriate, it would be useful: to convince our MPs that the Minsk agreements, as it is believed, are uncontested in order to implement them fully through legislative work and thereby bring peace to Ukraine," Medvedchuk added.
As we reported earlier, on March 10 Ukrainian and Russian MPs met in Moscow as participants of the Normandy Four talks. The lawmakers of Ukrainian and Russian parliaments negotiated in the Russian capital.
The main goal of the meeting was the presentation of the "parliamentary dimension of the Normandy Format", which is taking place within the initiative called "Interparliamentary dialogue for peace: Ukraine-Russia-Germany-France".
The parliamentarians discussed the topic of a peaceful solution of Donbas and living up to Minsk agreements, as there is no recognized alternative to this mechanism.