Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov insists on the necessity of the direct dialogue between Ukrainian government and the representatives of the separatists in Donbas. He believes that the Normandy Summit on December 9 will give impetus to the implementation of Minsk Agreements as European Truth reported.
“We hope that the forthcoming in Paris summit in the Normandy Format will give impetus to the implementation of Minsk set of activities. The key element of the settlement, and we cannot avoid it, is the direct dialogue of Kyiv with Donetsk and Luhansk,” Lavrov stated.
He expects that the OSCE SMM in Donbas publishes fair reports on the victims and destruction of the civilian infrastructure in Donbas.
As we reported earlier, the Normandy format meeting of the countries' leaders is scheduled for December 9 and will be held in the Palais de l'Élysée in Paris. The Office of the President of Ukraine in its turn confirmed that all sides agreed on the date of the Normandy Format summit – December 9, Paris as the office.
However, Kremlin spokesman urges not to overestimate expectations from the Normandy summit. Dmitry Peskov, Press Secretary of the Russian President, reiterated it is necessary to pass a law on the special status of Donbas as part of the Minsk agreements.