Contents tagged with Normandy Format

  • Kyiv: Ukraine will do everything possible to involve U.S. in Donbas talks

    Ukraine intends to do everything possible to involve the United States in negotiations on a peaceful settlement in the Donbas, said the Head of the Ukrainian Presidential Administration, Andriy Yermak, RBC-Ukraine reports.

    In his view, the current "Normandy format" requires transformation and expansion.

    "We are confident that today there is a real chance for the United States to engage in the negotiation process. And it can give its result. And Ukraine will do everything possible for this," …

  • Kremlin rejects possibility of U.S. joining Donbas talks

    U.S. policy towards Ukraine precludes this country from joining the "Normandy format" negotiations to resolve the situation in the Donbas, said Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, RIA Novosti reports.

    "With the approaches that Washington demonstrates and applies, it has no business in the Normandy format," Ryabkov said, commenting on the words of Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Oleksii Reznikov that Kyiv is interested in involving the United States and Poland in the negotiations. …

  • Kyiv: Ukraine has developed new plan for settlement in Donbas

    Ukraine, Germany and France have developed a plan for a peaceful settlement of the conflict in the Donbas and are now waiting for Russia's response, said the Head of Ukrainian Presidential Administration, Andriy Yermak, reports DW.

    According to him, the new peace plan consists of so-called "clusters" which, if agreed, can become the basis for a roadmap for peace in the Donbas, the return and reintegration of the uncontrolled territories and local elections there. Yermak expressed hope that in …

  • Ukrainian President says he is ready to meet separately with Putin, Merkel and Macron to discuss Donbas

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is ready to meet with each of the leaders of the "Normandy Four" if negotiations on the Donbas are postponed, Zelensky said at the forum "Ukraine 30. Culture, media, tourism" in Kyiv, UNIAN reports.

    He said that Kyiv is now "in any case" preparing for a meeting in the "Normandy format" with the leaders of Russia, Germany and France. But, according to him, if this does not happen, he is ready to personally talk with each of the leaders.

    "If, as they say, " …

  • 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 …