DONETSK, eastern Ukraine, December 30 /TASS/. The Normandy format of a forthcoming meeting in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, may break the deadlock on the settlement process in eastern Ukraine, Denis Pushilin, an authorized representative of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, told the Donetsk news agency on Tuesday.
“The Normandy format suggests closer contacts among participants in the talks. Most progress on Ukraine was achieved exactly when the parties met in the Normandy format. That is why we support it. We hope that the meeting in Astana will help Kiev and Donetsk solve a number of problems which they have so far failed to resolve,” Pushilin went on to say.
Kazakhstan president’s press service reported on Tuesday that Astana was ready to provide any convenient venue for talks on settlement in southeast Ukraine on January 15-16, 2015.
Last Monday, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said he would take part in a meeting of the leaders of Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine to be held in Astana in the Normandy format on January 15, 2015. He also said that the foreign ministers of the Normandy format had received instructions on the agenda and draft decisions to be made at the Astana summit.