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Russia not to discuss Crimea’s belonging at Normandy Format meeting

According to the Russian official, this issue is solved completely and it is non-negotiable
14:22, 19 July 2019

The Telegraph

Russia will not discuss the belonging of Crimea at the Normandy Format meeting, as RIA News reported citing Grigory Karasin, Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia.

“The issue of the implementation of Minsk Agreements on the settlement of Donbas Conflict relates to the competence sphere of the Normandy Format. There is no issue about “belonging” of Crimea on the agenda. You know that this issue is solved completely and it is non-negotiable,” Karasin said.

Related: Normandy talks member countries agree that Ukraine, Russia exchange captives within month

On July 8, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky offered his Russian colleague Vladimir Putin to hold talks on Donbas in Minsk with the involvement of the representatives of the U.S., France and Great Britain.

At the same time, the President stressed that Ukraine does not refuse from any diplomatic formats which might settle the situation in Donbas.

Related: Macron, Putin ready to activate Normandy talks

On July 11, Putin stated that Moscow will be ready to discuss the extension of Normandy Format after snap parliamentary elections in Ukraine. However, the U.S. stands against the change of the format of the negotiations on Ukraine.

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