Bezsmertnyi: Attracting U.S., UK to Normandy format favorable to Ukraine

12:45, 31 July 2019
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"Involving the United States, UK, and preferably China in this process would be in our favor. But whether the merger of the Normandy and Budapest formats guarantees a solution to the problem remains a big question," he said in an interview with Gordon.ua.

According to the politician, Washington is unlikely to support the idea of joining the Normandy format.

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"It is unlikely that Americans will gladly accept the initiative to expand the Normandy format at the expense of the United States. It is also difficult to suggest that the Kremlin will be happy about the move. But does Ukraine need this? Yes, it does," he said.

At the same time, Bezsmertnyi said the Normandy format had long become dysfunctional, and its "reanimation" would not result in any quick decisions.

Earlier, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky offered Russian President Vladimir Putin the format of negotiations with the participation of U.S. President Donald Trump.

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