Ukraine names condition for Zelensky-Putin summit in Normandy format

16:30, 16 July 2019
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Deputy Head of the Presidential Office Vadym Prystaiko has said a prerequisite for the holding of the Normandy Four (Ukraine, Germany, France and Russia) leaders' summit would be progress in implementing the agreements reached by foreign policy advisers in July.

"We have agreed exactly that we will meet to look at the progress of the agreements we reached in July. We plan to do this in late summer. And the issue was indeed discussed of when our leaders could meet. The general opinion is that this should happen as quickly as possible, but we cannot hold summits if we see no implementation of certain agreements reached," he told a Kyiv briefing, commenting on the results of the meeting of advisers to the leaders of the Normandy Four, held in Paris July 12, according to an UNIAN correspondent.

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Prystaiko noted the leaders of the Normandy Four had met not so many times, while their task is to fix the implementation of agreements, plan next steps, and direct the activities of their teams.

"We met on Friday [July 12]. We have designated about a month for individual issues, let's see how the results the four of us agreed upon are achieved in a month, then we will recommend our leaders [to hold the summit]," he said.

The Russian side did not put forward a demand that Ukraine conduct direct negotiations with representatives of the "DPR" and "LPR" terrorist organizations as a condition for holding the summit of the Normandy Four leaders, Prystaiko said.

"This issue was not even discussed in this format," he said.

As UNIAN reported earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin said the negotiations between Moscow and Kyiv were possible if Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky started "carrying out his election promises."

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