Contents tagged with Normandy Format

  • Russia: Next Normandy Format summit can only take place after Donbas special status is included in Ukraine’s Constitution

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said that a new summit in the Normandy Format can only take place after the decisions made at the previous summit have been implemented, especially the enshrinement of the “special status of the Donbas” in Ukrainian law, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

    “I have not heard about a meeting of ministers in the Normandy Format being planned for one month’s time. Our colleagues are saying that another Normandy Format summit should be scheduled for as early as …

  • Lavrov: Russia ready to pull out of April Normandy summit

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Russia is ready to pull out of the Normandy Format summit scheduled for April. He said that the date of the next summit has not been finalized, RBC news agency reports.

    “When we hear our Normandy Format colleagues speaking about April as the date for convening the summit, it’s their wishes, their ideas that they are voicing. But not more than that,” said Lavrov on Monday, February 17.

    He added that there are currently “no reasons to hold a …

  • Zelensky: Ukraine proposed new procedure for withdrawal of troops in Donbas

    The Ukrainian side has proposed a new procure for withdrawal of forces in the Donbas, announced Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during his speech at the Munich Security Conference, Ukraynska Pravda reports.

    The Ukrainian President said that Kyiv suggested a so-called sector-based withdrawal. According to him, the line of demarcation will be divided into several sectors and the troops in them will be withdrawn    gradually.

    The transition from one sector to the next will be made only …

  • Kremlin: there was no significant breakthrough at Normandy Four Summit

    Commenting on the results of the Summit with the participation of the leaders of Ukraine, Russia, Germany, and France, the press secretary of Russian President Dmitry Peskov said that the Normandy Four meeting in Paris did not lead to a significant breakthrough, reports TASS.

    "Did the Normandy Four Summit resume after a long break? Yes, it did. Was a significant breakthrough achieved? No," said Peskov in an interview with Channel One Russia.

    Earlier, Peskov declared that intentions of Kyiv to …

  • Ukrainian Defense Minister: Paris agreements with Russia can fall apart at any moment

    During the negotiations at the Normandy Format on December 9 in Paris, a number of agreements were reached to resolve the conflict in the Donbas, but the process of implementing them will not be quick, warned Ukrainian Defense Minister Andriy Zahorodniuk.

    The risks exists of the agreement being broken off “at any stage”, the minister remarked.

    “There is a high likelihood of the agreements being broken off at any of the stages, but there is progress: We are working on bringing back prisoners …

  • Lithuanian President calls on Russia to implement Minsk agreements

    Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda expressed support for Ukraine before the Normandy Four meeting.

    Nausėda said that Lithuania continues to support the territorial integrity of Ukraine and calls on the Kremlin to implement the Minsk agreements.

    "The Normandy Summit is approaching. Lithuania strongly supports Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity. We urge Russia to fulfill its obligations under the Minsk agreements," wrote the Lithuanian President on his Twitter.

    Earlier, German …

  • Zelensky goes to Normandy Four Summit in Paris ‘armed with information’

    During the meeting of Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council (NSDC), the Secretary of the Council Oleksiy Danilov said that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will go to the Normandy Four Summit, which will be held in Paris on December 9, "armed with information" that will be used in the interests of the country. NSDC's meeting was broadcasted on YouTube by Ukrainian TV Channel 5.

    "The President [Zelensky] is going to the Normandy Four meeting armed with certain information, which, …

  • Zelensky to convene a closed meeting of Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council before the Normandy Four Summit

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky intends to hold a closed meeting of the Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) on December 7, reports the NSDC's Secretary Oleksiy Danilov.

    "On Wednesday, Zelensky held a meeting with representatives of the Ukrainian security and defense sector. After the meeting, it was decided to hold a closed meeting of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine on Saturday, December 7," reads the statement.

    The Normandy Four meeting is …

  • Russia to urge Ukraine to start direct negotiations with LPR and DPR at Normandy summit

    At the Normandy summit in Paris on December 9, Russia intends to urge Ukraine to begin direct dialog with the ringleaders of the Russia-backed separatist armed groups, the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics, which occupy parts of Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk regions, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

    “We heard from the previous administration in Ukraine, from the previous regime, statements that they will never negotiate directly with Donetsk and Luhansk, we …

  • Lithuanian President urges Zelensky not to make harmful concessions to Putin

    During a joint briefing with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Lithuania, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda urged Zelensky not to make harmful concessions at the upcoming Normandy Four Summit on December 9.

    "We hope that the Normandy Four meeting will take place soon, and we wish every success to our partners during the negotiations. We want you not to make concessions that could harm you. We hope that the negotiations will help facilitate steps that will reduce tension in your …