Vladimir Zilinskaite: RIA Novosti
The President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky need to stop being afraid to talk with the Russian leader Vladimir Putin one on one. The corresponding statement on air of TV channel NewsOne was made Deputy of the Verkhovna Rada Nestor Shufrich.
According to the MP, the conversation with the Russian President must precede a scheduled meeting in the “Normandy format”. To convene a meeting of the four world leaders Shufrich considers it appropriate only in the case that Zelensky and Putin will be able to reach some agreements. In addition, before the talks in the “Normandy format” Ukraine’s President should meet with representatives of the breakaway Donetsk and Lugansk national republics (DND and LNR), said the people’s Deputy.
Shufrich said that during his last meeting with the President of France Emmanuel Makron Zelensky discussed the possibility of direct talks with the LC and the DNI. “Today, everyone expects Zelensky direct negotiations with Putin”, — the Deputy reminded Zelensky promise “with the devil, and to speak for peace in Ukraine”.
Earlier Bloomberg, citing an anonymous source in the French administration announced that the meeting of leaders of the participating countries “Norman Quartet” may take place before the end of 2019. It was noted that country representatives are conducting closed-door talks on the issue and will meet later this month.
19 Aug Vladimir Putin during a meeting with the head of France Emmanuel Macron said that conversations with Zelensky “inspire cautious optimism” and give hope to the summit of the Quartet.
6 Aug Zelensky called as soon as possible to hold talks in “Norman format”. This statement he made after the shelling near the village of Pavlopil, Donetsk region, which killed four Marines from the combined forces of Ukraine.
The “channel format” — the diplomatic group comprising representatives of Germany, Russia, France and Ukraine on settling the situation in Donbas. In February 2015, the four leaders agreed in Minsk instrument including the introduction of a ceasefire regime and a legislative recognition of the special status of the region.
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