Category Archives: Normandy Format

French ambassador: Only Normandy, Minsk formats can bring peace to Donbas

The Normandy and Minsk formats are the only ones that are capable of bringing peace to Donbas and reaffirming Ukraine’s sovereignty within its internationally recognized borders, French Ambassador to Ukraine Etienne de Poncins states. The ambassador assured that France will not abandon its attempts to find a way to establish peace in Donbas. “We use a lot of energy and diplomatic

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Germany vows to make reviving Normandy format talks key to its EU Council presidency

Reviving talks with Ukraine and Russia will be among the priorities of Germany’s EU Council Presidency, the German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told the EU Parliament’s Foreign Affairs (AFET) committee on Monday. Germany assumed the EU Council Presidency on July 1 amid a very challenging moment for the European Union, with the bloc’s fiscal response to the Coronavirus crisis and

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Ukraine will not agree to any special status for Donbas under Russian scenario – Kuleba

Ukraine is ready for reasonable compromises on the settlement of the conflict in Donbas but will not agree to any special status according to the Russian scenario, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has said. He wrote this on his Facebook page, while commenting on the results of his visit to Berlin for talks with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas. “We

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Russia once again refutes direct participation in Donbas conflict

Russia’s top diplomat says another Normandy Four summit can’t be held anytime soon. Russia has once again denied accusations of being a direct party to the conflict in and around Donbas. Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, delivering an online lecture to MGIMO students ruled out the holding of the summit of the Normandy Four (Ukraine, Russia, France, and Germany) leaders

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Lavrov said he does not expect results from upcoming talks of Normandy format foreign ministers

Video conference of Normandy format foreign ministers scheduled for next week Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the upcoming talks in the form of a video conference of the Normandy Four foreign ministers are unlikely to bring results. Lavrov said this in an interview on Channel One, TASS reports. According to the minister, at a video conference the foreign

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Russia puts forward conditions for next Normandy format summit

The results of the previous arrangements should be seen to hold the next meeting in the Normandy format, Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Alexander Grushko said on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference. “There was a very clear agreement that the next Normandy format meeting should summarize what had been discussed at the previous meeting. This concerns

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Poland suggests changing Normandy format

Poland suggests revising the Normandy format and involving the EU and the US in the negotiations to end Russian aggression against Ukraine. “Perhaps, it’s time to raise one very important question: is the Normandy format a good institution for solving this problem? … We support the format as President Zelensky and the Ukrainians support it, but, perhaps, we need to

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Portnikov: Next Normandy Four summit won’t be soon

Foreign Minister of Ukraine Vadym Prystaiko expresses doubts about the possibility of holding a summit of the Normandy Four in April. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Rudenko claims that the Normandy format summit is in jeopardy. Almost everyone agrees that no preparations are being made for a meeting of leaders. The only surprising thing in these comments is that there were people–and these are

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Including Crimea issue in Normandy format may drag “negotiating ship” to bottom – French envoy

The ambassador said France was striving to be pragmatic on the issue of the format of talks. French Ambassador to Ukraine Etienne de Poncins has said the inclusion of the issue of Russian-occupied Crimea in the Normandy format of talks will pull the “negotiation ship” to the bottom. In an interview with hromadske, the envoy said France was striving to

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The Ukraine-Russia Paris Meeting Through the Russian Propaganda Lens

Zero result for Ukraine, a Donbas Srebrenica and Putin is the winner. That is a very concise roundup of Russian media responses to the Ukraine-Russia meeting brokered by France and Germany to jump start talks on the war in eastern Ukraine that took place in Paris on December 9. Generally Russian media considered the Paris meeting as something positive for

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Q&A: What do Paris talks mean for the Russia-Ukraine peace process?

UkraineAlert by Peter Dickinson Related Experts: John E. Herbst, Alexander Vershbow, Adrian Karatnycky, Melinda Haring, Maksym Eristavi On December 9, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy met his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin for the first time during long-awaited peace talks in Paris. This summit was the first gathering of the Normandy Four, which includes French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela

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Zelensky expects 72 Ukrainian hostages to be freed from Russia-occupied Donbas

04:20, 10 December 2019 The Ukrainian president wants this to happen by the year’s end. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has announced the Normandy Four leaders in Paris on December 9 backed the idea that there should be an exchange of detainees as a result of which 72 Ukrainian hostages may return home from Russia-occupied Donbas. “The exchange. Honestly, ‘all for

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Andreas Umland: Putin’s quest for instability in Ukraine

By Andreas Umland. Published Dec. 9 at 7:12 pm Kyiv’s dilemma, at today’s Normandy Summit meeting, is that Vladimir Putin is not so much interested in the Donbas as he is in obtaining some degree of control or, at least, of instability in Ukraine, in general. What Russia’s strategy in its Donbas policy in general and the current negotiations in Paris, in

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Dismantling Putin’s regime, not flirting with it, can end war in eastern Ukraine – appeal of Donbas NGO

Article by: Kostiantyn Reutski – director of VOSTOK SOS (Kyiv / Sievierodonetsk) Editor’s Note On the eve of the Normandy Summit in Paris on 9 December, where the leaders of Ukraine, Russia, France, and Germany will discuss the conflict in Donbas, Euromaidan Press is sharing a public appeal of the NGO Vostok SOS, which since 2014 has been aiding victims

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Vitaly Portnikov: Russia “bombarding” the doubters before Normandy Four Summit

Article by: Vitaly Portnikov The Kremlin is preparing for the Norman Four Summit as best it can. Shelling on the demarcation line has not stopped. The “DNR parliament” has just “voted a law” recognizing the borders of Ukraine’s Donetsk Oblast as its own borders, thus enveloping the entire region. Speaker of the Russian State Duma Viacheslav Volodin has warned that

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Normandy Four leaders to sign non-binding document – Ukraine’s Deputy PM Kuleba

The leaders of the Normandy Four states – Ukraine, France, Germany, and Russia – are scheduled to meet in Paris, France, on December 9. Normandy Four leaders are to sign a non-binding document, which will not contain any legal obligations on part of Ukraine. “The first thing we must remember is that the communique is a political document. Undertaking any

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Lavrov says West should abandon “imperial policy,” lift sanctions against Russia

15:20, 27 November 2019 Russian official claims “Donetsk and Luhansk [Russian-occupied areas in Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk regions] are in conflict with Kyiv” in eastern Ukraine. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says he is sure that Western countries should abandon the “imperial policy” and lift the sanctions against Russia. The minister said this when addressing students and faculty of the

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Endgame on European chessboard: Why Normandy Four summit is unlikely to ever be held

After serious street protests that arose amid the rejection by the Ukrainian society of the so-called “Steinmeier formula” of Donbas settlement, the likelihood of the Normandy Four summit being held anytime soon has boiled down to a minimum. Although Ukraine did hope it would take place in November, Russia has already made clear the condition they set for the four

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Kremlin states about lack of progress in Normandy Summit preparation

22:10, 21 October 2019 Assistant of the President of the Russian Federation Yuri Ushakov stated that the Russian side was ready to hold the Summit but in case of its careful preparation Little progress has been achieved during the preparation to the Summit in the Normandy Format, though all the participants of the event still want to hold the meeting, according

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Russia sees no reason in holding Normandy format meeting without its thorough preparation

On August 19, negotiations with the French president are planned to discuss the Donbas issue The Kremlin is not against holding a Normandy format meeting to resolve the situation in Donbas, but such a meeting requires careful preparation, which will guarantee a political result. This was announced by Assistant to the President of the Russian Federation Yuri Ushakov, reports TASS.

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