Zelensky convenes meeting of National Defense Council prior to Normandy meeting, - MIA

A meeting with the acting US ambassador to Ukraine William Taylor is also being prepared today
11:30, 3 December 2019

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky convenes a meeting of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) today, on Tuesday, December 3, prior to the meeting of leaders of the Normandy format. Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Arsen Avakov said that at a conference of Ukraine's Association of female representatives of law enforcement agencies, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

"The president is convening the National Security and Defense Council, and we are preparing to meet in Normandy format," Avakov said.

He also announced the upcoming meeting with the acting US ambassador to Ukraine William Taylor.

"We will have a meeting with Ambassador Taylor today," Avakov said.

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

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