Contents tagged with Normandy Four

  • Ukrainian President speaks with Merkel before Putin's visit to Germany

    On Thursday, August 16, President Petro Poroshenko had a telephone conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel ahead of the visit of the Russian President Vladimir Putin to Germany, the press service of the Ukrainian President announced.

    The leaders of Ukraine and Germany coordinated their positions ahead of Putin's visit. They discussed the situation in the Donbas and further efforts aimed at peaceful reconciliation.

    Poroshenko reminded Merkel about the Ukrainian political prisoners …

  • Lavrov names two conditions for Russia’s participation at Normandy four summit

    The Foreign Minister of Russia, Sergey Lavrov excludes the possibility for Russia's participation in the Normandy four summit prior to withdrawal of armed forces and assets near Stanytsia Luhanska and granting "special status" to the Donbas, reports Interfax-Ukraine.

    "We are all for the active work of the Normandy four but not when these meetings end with agreements that are not being implemented," said Lavrov.

    The head of the Russian Foreign Ministry recalled that there was no withdrawal of …

  • Poroshenko, Merkel, Macron to meet in Germany in May

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron plan to meet in May in the German city of Aachen, Mrs. Merkel announced at a briefing on April 10.

    “The Ukrainian President will be in Aachen and we might have a meeting,” she said to journalists regarding the possibility of a meeting in the Normandy Four format in Aachen. “We’ve already discussed this. Mr. Macron will be there too, and myself. But this of course will not be a meeting of …

  • Ukrainian President Poroshenko holds telephone talks with Putin

    The Presidential Administration of Ukraine’s Press Service has confirmed that a telephone conversation took place between Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin. This was reported by the Presidential Administration, ZN reports.

    The newspaper’s sources touched upon the issue of expanding the release of Ukrainian hostages.

    It was also noted that the conversation took place in coordination with European Normandy Format partners and American allies.

    "The …

  • Macron and Putin hold phone conversation to discuss situation in Ukraine

    French President Emmanuel Macron and Russian President Vladimir Putin held a telephone conversation on Friday.

    The Kremlin’s press service reported that the Heads of State discussed the situation in Ukraine "with an emphasis on the need for full implementation of the [Minsk Agreements]”, among other things.

    Later, Elysee Palace releases statement confirming conversation occurred.

    "In connection with the Russian-Ukrainian crisis, the President of the Republic noted that implementation of the …

  • Merkel and Macron call to stop violation of ceasefire in Donbas

    In a joint statement by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron following a telephone conversation in the “Normandy” format, the leaders of the “Normandy Four” countries have urged an immediate stop to the violation of the ceasefire in the Donbas and insisted on the continuation of the truce.  

    “Violations of the ceasefire must be stopped immediately. State and government leaders demand the implementation of the ceasefire agreement of July 21st, 2017 agreed upon by …

  • Herashchenko: During Normandy Four meeting, it will not be easy for Putin to deny the presence of Russian troops in the Donbas

    A Skype conference for the contact group on the release of hostages, as well as all other groups of the Tripartite Contact Group (TCG) on the settlement of the situation in the Donbas, will largely depend on the results of a telephone conversation between the leaders of the Normandy Four, says Ukraine's representative in the humanitarian subgroup of the TCG, Iryna Herashchenko.

    "Tomorrow will be the first telephone conversations for the Normandy Format in a long time, and the first including …

  • German Foreign Minister: Normandy Four format will not expand

    The “Normandy Four” format will not grow to accomodate the US, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel announced at the Munich Security Conference.

    According to him, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has agreed to maintain close contact with the “Four”, although there was no talk of expanding the format.

    The participants of the meeting – Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany – also came to the conclusion that implementation of the Minsk Agreements is the only way out of the conflict in the …

  • U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine: The U.S. does not want to join the Normandy Four

    The United States is not going to join the Donbas negotiations in Normandy Format, said U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch on Radio Liberty."I do not think that there are plans for the U.S. to join the Normandy format now. But this does not mean that the U.S. is not active at the diplomatic level. We cooperate with Ukraine, we have consultations with France and Germany. Periodically we will also hold meetings with the Russians, to see whether there is a way for constructive progress …

  • The Kremlin: The Normandy Four did not discuss the deployment of an armed OSCE mission along the border

    The Kremlin stated that leaders of the “Normandy Four” countries did not discuss the deployment of the armed OSCE mission in the uncontrolled area of the Ukrainian-Russian border; rather, Russian President Vladimir Putin just gave his “potential consent.” This was stated by the Russian president’s press secretary, Dmitry Peskov.

    “With regard to some armed police OSCE mission, I’d like to stress – it was only about service weapons, and in the event of such a mission, indeed, Putin responded …