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Kremlin sees neither conditions for Normandy Four meeting nor hopes for results

The Kremlin spokesman said that Putin’s participation in the talk of French, German and Ukrainian leaders in Paris had not been envisaged from the very outset

MOSCOW, November 12. /TASS/. Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday he saw neither pre-requisites for a Normandy Four meeting nor hopes for possible results.

"So far, there is no required ground for Normandy Four discussions; there are no pre-requisites and even hints at possible results are absent," Peskov said.

Commenting on a meeting held in Paris between German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko who discussed the results of the elections in the Donbass region, the Kremlin spokesman said that Putin’s participation in this talk had not been envisaged from the very outset.

Moreover, in Peskov’s opinion, this "separate meeting held without Putin was organized because it is impossible so far to continue discussions in the Normandy Four format.

The term "Normandy Four format" stands for talks between the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France, or representatives of these states, on ways of settling the conflict in eastern Ukraine. There have been five summit meetings in this format and 15 meetings of the four countries’ top diplomats. The latest meeting of the Normandy Four leaders took place in Berlin on October 19-20, 2016.

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