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Kremlin comments on possibility of Normandy Four talks' resumption

September 15, 12:52 UTC+3 MOSCOW
According to Vladimir Putin's press secretary, Moscow will be glad if the visit to Ukraine by the French and German foreign ministers contributes to Kiev’s implementation of the Minsk peace deal
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Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov

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MOSCOW, September 15. /TASS/. The resumption of summit meetings in the Normandy Format is possible when subject matter for discussion appears, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Thursday.

"If we see prospects for the discussion of substantive, concrete issues connected with the implementation of the Minsk agreements, then it will be reasonable to convene a Normandy Four summit meeting," Peskov said in reply to queries whether the renewal of such meetings was possible in connection with a truce declared in Donbass.

"For this, we need to have the situation in which real matters for discussion will appear," Putin’s spokesman said. He reminded reporters that this had been the issue at President Vladimir Putin’s talks with French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in China early in September.

According to the official, Moscow will be glad if the visit to Ukraine by the French and German foreign ministers contributes to Kiev’s implementation of the Minsk peace deal.

"If these visits somehow contribute to Ukraine’s meeting its commitments under the Minsk accords, this can be only welcomed," Peskov said.

He refused to give more comments on the visit, saying: "This is not our matter, these contacts are in the framework of bilateral relations."

Peskov stressed that Moscow is not a party to the conflict in eastern Ukraine and cannot declare ceasefire. "On the contact line there are Ukraine’s armed forces on the one side and Donbass armed forces, militias on the other side," he said.

The foreign ministers of Germany, France and Ukraine held talks in Kiev on Wednesday and unveiled a road map detailing three stages for boosting the Minsk process. Germany’s Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier announced the plans of creating pilot security zones in Donbass. He expects that at the meeting in Minsk next week the Contact Group will be able to agree on withdrawing forces from the contact line in several areas.

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