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BERLIN, January 9. /TASS/. No decision has been reached as of yet as to whether a Normandy format (Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France) meeting on Ukraine will be held in the Kazakh capital Astana on January 15, German Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Schaefer said on Friday.
He cited the German side as saying it will only have sense “if concrete moves are made to reach progress” on the settlement in Ukraine.
On Friday, the foreign ministers of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France are expected to speak over the phone. The Ukrainian crisis is also expected to be in the focus when Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev meets with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Friday.
Late in December, Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko said he planned to meet with the leaders of Russia, Germany and France in Astana on January 15.
There have been no official announcements from Kremlin on the issue as of yet.