MOSCOW, January 16. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday held a meeting with the permanent members of the country’s Security Council to discuss the Ukrainian crisis and preparations for the proposed Normandy format meeting, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
The meeting focused on “the deteriorating situation in Ukraine’s south-east and the preparations for a possible meeting in the Normandy format,” Peskov said. The sides also discussed “the situation on the international energy resources market and the particular impact on the global and Russian economy,” he said.
The meeting was attended by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, the speakers of the lower and upper houses of parliament — Sergey Naryshkin and Valentina Matviyenko, presidential chief of staff Sergey Ivanov, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Foreign Intelligence Service Director Mikhail Fradkov, Security Council Secretary Nikolay Patrushev and his deputy Rashid Nurgaliyev, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu and permanent Security Council member Boris Gryzlov.
The Normandy format refers to talks between the leaders of Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine. The format was called “Normandy” after the first summit in June 2014 in France during the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.
The next meeting in the Normandy format is now being prepared in an effort to resolve the crisis in Ukraine. It is expected that the talks will be held in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana.
Peskov said earlier that active preparations for such a meeting were underway, however its date has not been agreed. “When the date is clear, we will announce it,” he said.