German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron held telephone talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin concerning preparation for a meeting in the Normandy format. This was reported by the Kremlin's press service, and Merkel's office.
"The situation of concern in connection with the delay in the process of resolving the internal Ukrainian conflict has been discussed in detail. At the same time, the three leaders noted the importance of implementing the Minsk agreements in 2015 as a non-alternative basis for settlement. It was also stressed that Russia, Germany and France are interested in further coordinating the efforts of the Normandy format," Putin's press service said.
It is noted that given the difficult state of affairs in resolving the conflict in southeastern Ukraine, the leaders instructed their political advisers and the foreign ministries to intensify contacts and work along the lines of the Normandy four.
The foreign ministers will run the process before holding a meeting in this format at their level. It was also agreed to continue to study the preconditions for a possible organization, in case of expediency, a Normandy summit.
Merkel's press service reported that the Chancellor of Germany and the President of France called on the President of Russia to promote negotiations in the Normandy format. The interlocutors agreed to ask the foreign ministers to meet as soon as possible.
Earlier, on October 11, the president of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky held negotiations with the French leader Emmanuel Macron and the Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel. During the talks, the parties discussed, in particular, preparations for the summit of the Normandy four.
In August, German Chancellor Angela Merkel noted the stagnation in the Normandy format and called for the resumption of meetings within it.
On September 26, Germany held elections to the Bundestag. The Ambassador of Ukraine to Germany Andriy Melnyk assured that Berlin is ready to continue working in the Normandy format after the election.