In Berlin on October 19 held a meeting in the “Normandy format,” reports Reuters, citing a statement by the government of Germany. Managed to obtain the agreement of all four participants – German Chancellor Angela Merkel, presidents of France and Ukraine Perth Poroshenko and Francois Hollande and Russian leader Vladimir Putin.
“A year after the previous meeting in Paris on 2 October 2015, the Chancellor invited the French, the Ukrainian and Russian presidents in the evening on 19 October in Berlin to assess the implementation of the Minsk agreements since the last meeting and discuss further steps,” – noted on the website of the German government.
An informed source of”Interfax” in Moscow has confirmed the participation of Putin in the negotiations. “President Putin will take part in the meeting in Berlin” – said the Agency interlocutor.
The Elysee Palace confirmed the participation of Hollande in the meeting. “This meeting with President Poroshenko and President Putin will allow us to evaluate the process of implementation of the Minsk agreements and to discuss further steps to resolve the crisis in the East of Ukraine”, – said representatives of the French President.
In Kiev also confirms that Poroshenko will attend the summit in the Normandy format. On the official website Poroshenko said that the Ukrainian President, on a visit to Norway, held a telephone conversation with Merkel and Hollande, during which the parties agreed to hold a meeting in Normandy format on October 19 in Berlin.
According to Poroshenko, before the quadripartite meeting will be threefold: to meet with Putin, the heads of Germany, France and Ukraine will hold their negotiations. “It will be a summit in Normandy format in Berlin. But we will have a trilateral meeting with Chancellor of Germany and President of France, where we coordinate our positions before the meeting”, – told reporters in Oslo Ukrainian leader.
Earlier it became known that Angela Merkel invited the leaders of “Norman four” at a dinner in Berlin on October 19. On the same day, Putin wanted to meet in Paris with Hollande, which was going to come to the opening of the Russian spiritual center. However, after Hollande questioned the fact that the meeting with the Russian colleague could benefit, the visit was cancelledto find a “more comfortable for the French President’s meeting”.