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Moscow says issue of Obama joining Normandy Four talks can be addressed to Hollande

April 22, 2015, 14:03 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The Normandy format was initiated by French President Francois Hollande

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Francois Hollande and Barack Obama

Francois Hollande and Barack Obama


MOSCOW, April 22. /TASS/. The United States has "enormous leverage" over Ukraine to make it implement ceasefire agreements signed in Minsk, Belarus, in February, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Wednesday in a live interview telecast by three radio stations.

When asked if US President Barack Obama was ready to join the ‘Normandy format’ talks seeking to end the conflict in Ukraine, Lavrov asked: "Has he [Obama] been invited?"

The Normandy format refers to meetings between leaders and foreign ministry officials of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France.

"The Normandy format was initiated by French President Francois Hollande," Lavrov recalled, noting that the question should be addressed to him.

"If the United States supports complete implementation of the Minsk agreements, it has enormous leverage over the party which fails to fulfil its commitments," he added.

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