Newly appointed Ambassador of France to Ukraine Etienne de Poncins says he hopes that the leaders of the Normandy Four – Ukraine, France, Germany and Russia – will be able to meet by the end of September.
"I can confirm that there are very close contacts today at the level of President of the French Republic [Emmanuel] Macron with German Chancellor [Angela] Merkel and simultaneously with Presidents [Volodymyr] Zelensky and [Vladimir] Putin in the hope of holding this [Normandy Four] meeting before the end of this month," he told journalists in Kyiv on Wednesday, according to an UNIAN correspondent.
According to the ambassador, Macron personally pays a lot of attention to this issue.
"We hope that this planned meeting can take place," he said.
The French Ambassador said that the focus of the meeting would be the implementation of the Minsk peace agreements on Donbas.
As UNIAN reported earlier, Ukraine's Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko recently announced that Zelensky was ready to take part in a meeting of the Normandy Four leaders in September.