Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that while there is no progress in the Normandy format, pressure from other countries on the Russian Federation should remain. Zelensky said this during a joint briefing with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
According to Zelensky, the Ukrainian side supports the Normandy meeting.
According to him, Ukraine stands for the establishment of a permanent ceasefire in Donbas, the exchange of prisoners, the opening of the checkpoint and access to the occupied territory for representatives of the Red Cross.
"Our position on holding the Normandy Four summit is unchanged. As long as there is no progress, pressure on the Russian Federation should continue. We want to see active efforts of partners," he said.
In turn, Merkel said that Russia is a party to the conflict in Donbas.
"Russia is a party to the conflict, it is right that they refuse to conduct direct negotiations with representatives of the separatists," she said.
Merkel noted that although the Minsk agreements did not lead to a satisfactory state, they established "silence" in Donbas, and this must be constantly worked on.
On August 20, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that the annexation of Crimea by Russia violates the territorial integrity of Ukraine, so Germany will defend this position.