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Paris intends to continue discussions within Normandy format within days

January 06, 2015, 5:24 UTC+3 PARIS

“France is committed to the so-called Normandy format,” French Foreign Ministry spokesman Romain Nadal said

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PARIS, January 6. /TASS/. Paris is committed to the so-called Normandy format of talks on the Ukraine settlement and ready to continue official discussions “within days”, French Foreign Ministry spokesman Romain Nadal said on Monday, January 5.

“France is committed to the so-called Normandy format,” he said.

“After the trip to Moscow on December 6 French President Francois Hollande had telephone talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel (December 16 and December 22), Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss the situation in Ukraine,” Nadal said.

“On January 2, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius talked with his German, Russian and Ukrainian counterparts. New contacts are planned to be held within days,” he said.

The work continues with the participation of all parties, Nadal said, adding “It’s within this format that the French Foreign Minister political director took part in a meeting of the working group in Berlin.”

Earlier in the day, Hollande said he intended to take part in the meeting within the so-called Normandy format due to be held in Astana on January 15.

One of the conditions for participating in the regular round of talks “is to formalise new steps forward towards the peaceful and stable settlement of the crisis”, Nadal said.

Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexei Makeyev wrote on Twitter that a ministerial meeting in the so-called Normandy format on settlement of the situation in southeast Ukraine might be held January 9 in Berlin.

The so-called Normandy format was established in June when Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko discussed the Ukrainian crisis on the sidelines of the celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the D-Day in Normandy, France.

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