At the meeting of “Normandy four” negotiations of leaders of Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France, Angela Merkel, Vladimir Putin, Petro Poroshenko and Francois Hollande, which took place in Berlin on October 19, missed the Plenipotentiary representative of Russia in the Contact group on Ukraine, Boris Gryzlov. In addition, the conversation Poroshenko and Putin in the framework of the negotiations, “Norman Quartet” at some point conducted on the raised tones. It is reported by Ukrainian online publication Liga.net with reference to one of participants of negotiations of the Ukrainian delegation.

“The Germans banned his visit,” – said the source publication. “I understand that the logic of Berlin there is the sanctions Surkov (Vladislav Surkov, assistant to the President of Russia, in 2014, he was banned entry to the EU and the USA – Approx. NEWSru.com) is it enough, do not even Gryzlov here go,” said a party delegation. Gryzlov, as Surkov, is in the sanctions list of the EU and the USA in 2014. According to the interlocutor of the edition, the Russian participants of negotiations-admission Gryzlov, “very very angry”.

The article Liga.net called “shoot to stop”. The details of the negotiations with Putin in Berlin”, which was published yesterday, October 21, tells about the progress of negotiations. In the note, in particular, it is noted that at some point Poroshenko and Putin began to talk in a raised voice.

Somehow during the negotiations, took the floor Poroshenko. “You know, for anybody not a secret, how much your weapons and troops in the occupied territories of Donbass. Why are we here? So you stopped shooting”, – said the President of Ukraine, speaking directly to Putin. At this point, the Russian leader tried to kill Poroshenko’s remark on the need to fulfill the political part of the “Minsk agreements” reached at similar talks in Minsk in February 2015. However, Poroshenko raised his voice: “No, you just stop shooting,” reported Liga.net.

In the report of the newspaper “Kommersant”, which was published following the meeting on 20 October, it was reported that Poroshenko demanded to resolve the issue of monitoring the Russian-Ukrainian border, and then talk about Amnesty agreement, about the elections in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions and about their special status is about prioritizing these tasks told the Russian side. About the same dispute referred to in article Liga.net. The participants of the negotiations following the meeting said that all the tried and tested during the interview decisions will be discussed and to be in its final form at the Ministerial level.

Another important issue in the negotiations, as it became known after a meeting, had the authority of the OSCE mission in Donbas. On 20 October, the Agency TASS referring to the press-Secretary of Russian President Dmitry Peskov, who was also present at the meeting in Berlin, reportedthat Putin had agreed to the stationing of armed OSCE mission in Donbas. It is assumed that international observers will monitor the situation in the most problematic areas on the territory of Donbass.

In General, the meeting “Norman four” lasted for almost five hours. Media attention to the negotiations that took place three days ago, due to not only their importance, but also the fact that they were held behind closed doors and after the meeting the representatives of the Quartet was limited to the formal review. This is not the first such meeting in the “Normandy format”. They started with the aim of resolving the conflict in the Donbass, which continues in the spring of 2014.



The media learned about the non-admission Gryzlov on the “channel meeting” and the conversation of Poroshenko with Putin in a raised voice 23.10.2016

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