Press Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation
Dmitry Peskov following the meeting, “Norman Quartet” in Berlin
stated that at this stage, the four leaders could not find common language
although he demonstrated a willingness to continue working in this format. He declared it in interview to the program “Vesti on Saturday” with Sergey BRILYOV of Rossiya 1 (RTR). He also commented on the attack on the captured “Islamic state” (IG banned in Russia) major Iraqi city of Mosul, which involves the United States.

In negotiations “channel four” was attended by the leaders of Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine to discuss settlement of the conflict in the Donbas, part of which is controlled by the separatists DND and LNR. Commenting on the talks in Berlin, Peskov said: “While at this stage the lack of a common language at least partly compensates for the willingness of leaders to continue working in the format “Norman Quartet”, which in itself is extremely important.” (Quoted by TASS.)

The press Secretary told us a little bit about how and in which languages communicate
the leaders of Russia, France, Germany and Ukraine when they meet together. In
particular, according to him, “Poroshenko tries to speak three languages.”
“He jumps on the English, all start inquiring
looking at each other, but the translators filigree react, interpret it and
Russian, and Ukrainian. Some of the phrases he says
in Russian,” – says press Secretary of the Russian President.

As for Putin, then, as told Sands, “he
jokes in German right along with Merkel, in this case sometimes
tough on his assistant, who do not speak German”.

“Overall, the atmosphere is very fast. All perfectly familiar with the theme,”
he said, adding that the Federal Chancellor’s office “provided
ideal conditions for work.” And the translation didn’t spend a lot of time.

The question that was reflected in the eyes of Angela Merkel and Francois
Hollande, when their Ukrainian colleague complained that the residents of Donetsk and
Lugansk not pay utility bills, Peskov said: “Oh,
let’s not look in the eye and to look up someone’s chemistry.”

“The result can be stated as follows: – the political will of the leaders of “Norman Quartet” reaffirmed that they will continue work on the implementation of the Minsk
agreements,” he said.

On the offensive against Mosul

Even if the US operation in Mosul has a campaign goal to perpetuate someone’s role in history, but the result will be the victory over the “Islamic state” in Iraq, it will be
be of great significance, quoted Peskov “Interfax”.

So Sands responded to the question, whether it seems to him that the Mosul operation is an election for President of the United States.

Press Secretary of the President also noted that, “life in a state election campaign was always postponed and now also put such an indelible imprint on all that happens inside US, and all that makes the United States beyond its borders.”

A Kremlin spokesman also underlined that Russia supports preservation of territorial and political integrity of Iraq, “believes that territorial integrity is absolutely not under discussion”.

In mid-October it was announced the beginning of ground operation for the liberation from the terrorists of Mosul, the second largest Iraqi city, more than two years under the control of the IG. In addition to Iraqi government forces participate in operation Kurdish, as well as the international anti-terrorist coalition. On Saturday in Iraq with unexpected visit arrived the Minister of defence, Ashton Carter.



Peskov said the talks in Berlin and the advance of the Americans in Mosul 22.10.2016

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