Currently, there are no plans for arranging a meeting of Ukrainian and Russian leaders before the Normandy Format summit; however, there still is such a chance. Andriy Yermak, the newly appointed head of the President's Office said so on his first briefing on Wednesday, February 12.
"As for the meeting with Vladimir Putin, the president is the one to make the decision. If he sees that the meeting is necessary, it could become a step to get the actual results from the talks in the Normandy format, we do not rule it out. However, so far, there have been no agreements, no talks in this regard", Yermak said.
As is known, during the Normandy meeting in Paris in December 2019, leaders of Ukraine, Russia, Germany, and France agreed to host the next summit in four months (in April 2020). The Paris package included the following commitments:
- the all-for-all exchange between Ukraine and the occupied Donbas by December 2019;
- the division of forces in three new designated sections by March 2020;
- the prolongation of the law on the peculiarities of local governance in Donbas;
- full ceasefire by the end of 2019, and full OSCE control over the militant-held areas of Donetsk and Luhansk region around the clock;
- the implementation of Steinmeier formula in the Ukrainian law.