Ukraine's president supports immediate peace talks on Donbas in Normandy format
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says he supports immediate peace talks on Donbas in the Normandy Four format – Ukraine, Germany, France, and Russia.
"As for the return to the Normandy format, regarding the timing of such a meeting – you know that the main issue for me and for every Ukrainian is the end of the war," he said at a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Tuesday.
Zelensky said that the date for a summit in the Normandy format after the parliamentary elections in Ukraine, which are scheduled for July 21, had been discussed at talks with European leaders.
"I talked about this with [French] President [Emmanuel] Macron in France yesterday," Zelensky said on June 18.
"But I want this meeting to take place immediately, so the first working meeting is scheduled as early as in July. We believe in victory and the end of the war," he added.
As UNIAN reported earlier, Macron said at a joint press conference with Zelensky on June 17 that prerequisites for a meeting of the Normandy Four leaders is the fulfilment by Ukraine and Russia of their obligations under the Minsk agreements on the release of prisoners of war and a ceasefire in Donbas.
In turn, Zelensky said that foreign policy advisers to the leaders of the countries participating in the negotiations in the Normandy format would soon hold a meeting and prepare the summit.