MOSCOW, October 3. /TASS/. The Normandy Four summit in Paris is Europe’s successful attempt to address the problem of Ukrainian settlement without "overseas partners," a Russian lawmaker said on Friday.
"Looking back at today’s talks in Paris, I think Europe is trying, and is doing it rather successfully, to solve the situation in Ukraine and make real progress towards the crisis settlement without interference from overseas, without the pan-Atlantic expansion we see in Western European countries, at international platforms," Leonid Slutsky, the chairman of the committee for the affairs of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), Eurasian integration and relations with compatriots of the Russian State Duma lower parliament house, said in an interview with the Rossiya-24 television channel.
The lawmaker said he was optimistic about the results of Friday’s summit of the Normandy Four (Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine) leaders. "I would be optimistic in my opinion of today’s talks of the Normandy Four leaders," he said.
"Nobody expected a breakthrough bearing in mind that President [of Ukraine Pyotr] Poroshenko was rather inert about all the previous agreements and that Germany and France proceed from the position that elections in Donbass should be regulated by Ukrainian laws," Slutsky said. "These are difficult factors. But the most important thing is that it was stressed that elections are to be held and that these elections would be linked with the use of the law on (Donbass’) special status."
"Whatever Verkhovna Rada’s (Ukrainian parliament) interpretations of these agreements might be, it was said utterly clear - elections will be held and it will be linked with the beginning of the application of the law on special status. It is a good and serious result of the Normandy Four. Now it is important that Kiev doesn’t distort this result," he said.
According to Slutsky, the Normandy Four format is "the most constructive and efficient out of all current formats." "It should be used to reach lasting truce and grant special status to the republics (the self-proclaimed republics in Donetsk and Lugansk)," he added.