Gerashchenko explains why Putin avoids Normandy format meeting
First Deputy Chairperson of the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's representative in the humanitarian subgroup of the Trilateral contact group on Donbas settlement, Iryna Gerashchenko has told reporters why she believes Russian President Vladimir Putin avoids the meeting in the Normandy format.
"As for the Kremlin's actions, it is clear that Putin is not set to leave Donbas, and neither is he willing to reach compromise. We see that he is hiding from the Normandy format because he is not ready to give answers to some very specific questions," Gerashchenko told journalists before a meeting of the Conciliation Board of the Verkhovna Rada.
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