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Ukraine ex-president Kuchma to represent Kiev at peace talks — FM

February 09, 2015, 11:21 UTC+3 KIEV
Kuchma’s presidential fund declined to comment on the report, noting that the ex-president was currently in Kiev
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Ukrainian president Leonid Kuchma

Ukrainian president Leonid Kuchma

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KIEV, February 9. /TASS/. Former Ukrainian president Leonid Kuchma will represent Kiev at peace talks on the conflict in the country’s east, a senior Ukrainian diplomat said on Monday.

Kuchma, usually representing Kiev at talks of the Contact group that brings together Ukraine, Russia and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, will also serve as a representative from Ukraine at a meeting on Tuesday, February 10, the head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry policy and communications department, Oleksiy Makeyev, told the 112 Ukraine television channel.

"Former president Kuchma will represent Ukraine in the Contact group," he said.

Kuchma’s presidential fund declined to comment on the report, noting that the ex-president was currently in Kiev.

According to earlier reports, the leaders of the so-called Normandy format group, comprising Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France, agreed to have a meeting aimed at easing the Ukrainian conflict in Minsk on February 11. The agreement was reached on Sunday in a four-way phone call between Russian President Vladimir Putin, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The leaders also agreed to hold expert consultations between foreign ministry representatives in Berlin on Monday, February 9, and a meeting of the contact group, on Tuesday, February 10.

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