Normandy Four summit may take place on Nov 24 or Nov 26 – media
A meeting of the leaders of Ukraine, France, Germany and Russia on Donbas in the so-called Normandy format may take place on November 24 or November 26, according to a source close to the Office of the President.
"If the Normandy [meeting] doesn't take place on these dates, then, according to the source, the leaders will not be able to gather before the end of the year, and then there is little hope that the four leaders' meeting will ever be held," says an article by four contributors – Inna Vedernykova, Volodymyr Kravchenko, Yulia Mostova and Tetiana Silina, which was posted by the media outlet zn.ua.
On the agenda of the summit, which has constantly been postponed, are painful and extremely complex issues, namely the implementation of the Minsk peace agreements on Donbas, the so-called "Steinmeier formula," the special status of Donbas, Ukraine's retaking its eastern part of the border with the Russian Federation, local elections in Russia-occupied districts in Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
Plan B has also been voiced by the Bankova, the street where the President's Office is located in Kyiv – this is to "build a wall and freeze the conflict." According to findings of a September survey conducted by the Rating group, this option to solve the Donbas problem in Ukraine is backed by the largest group of respondents – 34%, the authors say.
Plan B, according to Minister of Foreign Affairs Vadym Prystaiko, also includes the possibility of deploying a UN peacekeeping mission. "Although, as can be seen from numerous statements by those based on Bankova Street and Mykhailivska Square [the Foreign Ministry's office], this option is not the incumbent authorities' favorite one for a number of reasons (but this is a topic for another discussion)," the article says.
In the meantime, according to sources, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky's team is going to push Plan A, which is "to cease fire, withdraw troops, and hold [local] elections."