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Putin, Macron discuss Normandy format during Zelensky presidency so far

Russia proposes holding a meeting of the presidents' assistants to figure out whether there is a reason for Normandy group meeting
11:33, 29 June 2019

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In in interview with Russia 24 TV channel, Press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov announced that at the G20 summit in Osaka,  President Vladimir Putin and the President of France Emmanuel Macron discussed the renewal of the Normandy negotiations on settlement of the situation in Donbas under the Presidency of Volodymyr Zelensky so far.

“In general, everyone actually says that we should discuss reanimation of the Normandy format as Ukraine has elected the new president,” Peskov said.

He added that major approaches of the new Ukraine’s authorities remained indistinct as “they haven’t been clearly articulated and need to be explained.”

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“Homework must be done before negotiations in the Normandy format. In this regard, we expect that assistants of the state leaders will meet soon to find out if there is any reason for holding the summit”, Peskov said.

As it was reported earlier, US President Donald Trump at a meeting with Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of G20 Summit in Osaka raised the issue of Ukrainian sailors kept in a Russian prison.

According to Trump, Putin gave the U.S. President "all the necessary explanations concerning Ukrainian sailors" detained by the Russian authorities in the Kerch Strait last year.

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