German Chancellor Angela Merkel invited the leaders of “Norman Quartet” at the dinner in Berlin, scheduled for October 19. The Ambassador of Russia in France Alexander Orlov told radio station Europe1.
Also the head of the Russian diplomatic mission said that in the first half of the same day, 19 October, Russian President Vladimir Putin will be visiting Paris. “The dialogue must continue, especially in difficult moments. Of course, he (Putin. – Approx. NEWSru.com) intends to come to Paris, he still have an invitation,” said Orlov, quoted by TASS.
The source of”Interfax” in the diplomatic circles said the night before that Ukraine did not give consent to the holding of a meeting of leaders “Norman Quartet.” “Ukraine did not give consent to participate in the summit “channel four”. Until the agreed “road map” that will provide the conditions of security of Minsk Russia, such a meeting will not take place”, – said the Agency interlocutor close to the negotiation process.
Earlier, the Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov told Lifethat the meeting of leaders “Norman Quartet” may take place in Berlin on October 19. “The meeting is tentatively scheduled on October 19. The proposed Berlin” – said a Kremlin official.
At the same time, the foreign Minister of France Jean-Marc Ayrault admitted that the summit of “Norman Quartet” may take place in Paris simultaneously with the visit to the French capital, Putin, scheduled for October 19. In turn, the representative of the French of the guardian Olivier Gauvin said that the meeting of heads of States “channel four” can be held in Berlin.
On 19 October, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s scheduled visit to Paris for talks with his French counterpart Francois Hollande. According to Orlov, the Russian leader travels to France not for a “secular meetings.”
Apparently, the Russian Ambassador made a reference to the statement of the foreign Minister of France Jean-Marc Ayrault, who said yesterday that Putin’s visit in Paris is not “secular” meeting, but will discuss the Syrian crisis and the situation in Ukraine. “If the President (Hollande. – Approx. NEWSru.com) decide to meet with the President of Russia, it will not be for fun, but to tell the truth,” explained the Minister (quoted by Le Figaro).
Yesterday in the Kremlin saidthat the Russian side continues to prepare for the meeting of Putin with Hollande. Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov said that the Russian leader during his visit to Paris in negotiations will take part in opening of Russian spiritual center.
The day before Hollande in an interview with TMC stated that have not decided yetwhether Putin personally during his visit to Paris. The French President said that he doubted the expediency of these negotiations. “I ask myself whether the meeting is useful? Can we ensure that he (Putin) stopped doing what it’s doing together with the Syrian regime, that is to support the aviation regime, which is bombing the people of Aleppo?” – said the French President.
About Putin’s visit to Paris, the Russian side announced in mid-September. The newspaper Le Figaro following the meeting, Ayrault and foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow on 6 September came to the conclusion that Putin actually “asked for it” in Paris. If the French Minister stiffly insisted that he came to Russia to discuss the situation in Syria, his Russian counterpart before the talks called the meeting of Putin and Hollande in France. The publication suggested that the Russian President plans to use
a visit to Paris to come out of international isolation against the background of Russia’s actions in Syria.