Kremlin speaks about "Steinmeier formula," preparations for Normandy summit
Russian Presidential Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov has said the "special status" according to the so-called "Steinmeier formula" is intended directly for the so-called "Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics" ("DPR" and "LPR"), while preparations for the summit of the Normandy Four leaders are under way.
"The preparations are under way, the work on behalf of the presidential aides, the relevant agencies is also ongoing. I will not run ahead – there are no dates yet, they will have to be agreed. These are four heads of state, who, of course, have a very busy schedule. We will inform you as soon as these schedules are coordinated and the dates are set," Peskov told journalists, answering a question about Russian President Vladimir Putin's proposals at the summit and when it may happen, according to an UNIAN correspondent in Russia.
In addition, he stressed Ukraine "has now confirmed" the consent earlier given by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to the "Steinmeier formula."
"Ukraine agreed with the 'Steinmeier formula' several years ago. President Poroshenko did this. Now this agreement has been confirmed, and this confirmation has been perceived positively," Peskov said.
When asked who would be given "special status" under this formula, Peskov answered: "Of course, we are talking about a settlement with the 'LPR' and 'DPR.' Of course, we are talking about these two 'republics.'"