Agreement on bases in Syria to serve strengthening of stability in Middle East — MPRussian Politics & Diplomacy January 20, 21:18
Trump's inaugural address: When America is united, America is totally unstoppableWorld January 20, 20:57
Hermitage chief: New Palmyra destruction comes across as militants' vengeanceRussian Politics & Diplomacy January 20, 20:29
Russia's first deputy PM wants to keep current tax system for next political cycleBusiness & Economy January 20, 19:53
Russia’s Shipulin clinches gold in 20km individual race of IBU World Cup stage in ItalySport January 20, 19:18
Prominent Russian adventurer Konyukhov to take samples from Mariana Trench floorSociety & Culture January 20, 19:15
Gazprom CEO says North Stream-2 pipeline proves relevanceBusiness & Economy January 20, 19:10
More survivors found in avalanche-hit Italian hotel — mediaWorld January 20, 18:48
Donald Trump takes office as 45th US PresidentWorld January 20, 18:21
PARIS, October 2. /TASS/.The success of the Paris summit on Friday in the Normandy format - Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France - depends primarily on Kiev’s stance, a source in the French presidential palace has said.
"Mass media often discuss Russia’s position, but one should acknowledge that the success of the upcoming meeting in Paris largely depends also on the stance of Ukraine and President Petro Poroshenko personally as he faces huge pressure in Kiev," the source in the Elysee Palace said.
The Paris summit organizers say "Poroshenko needs to give new arguments so that he could convince his parliamentary majority in the Verkhovna Rada to intensify the political process as part of the Minsk deal."
One of the goals of the talks will be to ensure the autonomy status for the war-torn Donbass region while preserving Ukraine’s sovereignty, a high-ranking French diplomat said.
The Normandy Four leaders will have a rich agenda in the French capital on Friday. The one-on-one meeting of the Russian and French leaders will open the work program, the Elysee Palace said. Apart from the Ukrainian crisis, Francois Hollande expects to discuss with Vladimir Putin bilateral ties and the situation in Syria.