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Normandy Four summit may take place in case of Russia’s readiness — French president

June 21, 13:18 UTC+3
Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande are ready to hold a summit
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French President Francois Hollande in the Elysee Palace

French President Francois Hollande in the Elysee Palace


PARIS, June 21. /TASS/. The Normandy Four summit can take place in the event of Russia’s readiness, French President Francois Hollande said on Tuesday following meeting with his Ukrainian counterpart Pyotr Poroshenko.

"[Ukrainian President Pyotr] Poroshenko and I and [German Chancellor Angela] Merkel are ready for that and inform that, if [Russian President Vladimir] Putin is ready, we will prepare a new Normandy format meeting," he said.

For his part, Poroshenko noted that Ukraine has proposals regarding the agenda of the possible summit. "This is the discussion of security criteria and the OSCE armed police mission (in the Donbass region)," he said.

The president added prisoner exchange and "the formation of a road map with a focus on issues of consistency and guarantees of compliance with obligations on the Minsk process" should be discussed as well. However, he failed to mention the Donbass elections and the necessary Constitutional amendments, which are the fundamental points of the Minsk agreements.

Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday in St. Petersburg commenting on reports on preparations for the Normandy Four (Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany) summit that it looks impossible at the moment.

Sanctions against Russia

According to Hollande, anti-Russian sanctions may be lifted step-by-step upon Minsk deal implementation.

The sides have already reached significant progress in the issues of security in Donbass, he said. "As for security, we see significant changes," Hollande said, adding that the whole package of the Minsk agreements needs to be implemented.

"We will continue monitoring the situation and if Minsk 2 is implemented then we can forecast the gradual lifting of sanctions," Hollande said.

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