Russia stalls Normandy talks until "positive steps" by Kyiv
Russia says it makes little sense to hold Normandy format meetings until it sees real positive steps from Kyiv, the Foreign Ministry of Russia said in its statement.
"As President Vladimir Putin noted on August 10, given the current situation and until we see real positive steps from Kyiv, like renouncing terror and provocations, it makes little sense to hold Normandy format meetings, like the Beijing meeting in early September requested by Mr Poroshenko recently," the statement reads.
Earlier today, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has tasked the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry with arranging telephone talks with the leaders of Germany and France in the "tripartite Normandy format." The president also requested to hold talks with U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden, President of the European Council Donald Tusk, and to initiate a dialogue with Russian President Vladimir Putin, as was reported.