Putin does not want to meet Zelensky before Normandy Format summit

The Russian president put emphasis on the absence of other formats of the international meetings for the settlement of Donbas Conflict except the Normandy Format
16:43, 15 November 2019

Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia
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President of Russia Vladimir Putin sees no point in the holding of the meeting with Ukraine’s leader Volodymyr Zelensky before the Normandy Format summit as he stated during BRIСS summit.

“The point is, that there is no issue about the meeting before the Normandy Format as we agreed that we would meet in the Normandy Format. But if we will meet, why do we need to fuss and run for unprepared meetings? I believe that nobody is interested in it: neither me nor President Zelensky. We should come out with some result. We are in contact with him already, we talk by telephone. The full contact is between us but we should come to some decisions.

Basically, Normandy Format and Normandy Format meeting are possible. Generally, there is no mechanism but the Normandy Format. That is why we, when I say we, I mean Russia, in other words me and my colleagues, MFA, our proper services – we stand for its preservation. I repeat once more: there is nothing else and nothing is in the view.

The disengagement at these two critical places is good; we welcome it. We welcome the actions of Ukrainian authorities and actions of the unrecognized republics,” Putin added.

Related: Putin offers Ukraine to disengage troops along the entire demarcation line in Donbas

He put emphasis on the absence of other formats of the international meetings for the settlement of Donbas Conflict except the Normandy Format.

Russia stands for the preservation of the Normandy Format as Kremlin’s Head underlined.

Moreover, the Russian president suggested that Ukraine should “seek fortune not beyond the seas but agree with its neighbors”.

On November 12, Darka Olifer, the Spokesperson of Ukraine’s Representative Leonid Kuchma, reported that all obstacles for holding of Normandy Four leaders meeting were lifted at the Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk.

Earlier Russia considered the possibility of participation in the Normandy Format summit after signing of Steinmeier formula by the Ukrainian side. The disengagement of forces in three areas should precede the implementation of Steinmeier formula.

As we reported first president of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev offered Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky and Russian President Vladimir Putin to meet one-on-one, without participation of the U.S., European society and other sides in Kazakhstan.


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