Kremlin: Common language at Normandy Four talks not often

21:28, 22 October 2016
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The Normandy Four talks are not easy, and it is not often the parties manage to have common language, both literally and figuratively, press secretary of the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov said in an interview with the Vesti V Subbotu weekly television program on Saturday, according to Russian news agency TASS.


"Common language is seen not that often as desired," he said. "At the same time, probably, as yet at this stage a lack of common language at least partially compensates for readiness of the Normandy Four leaders to continue working in that format. This is extremely important," TASS reported.

Read alsoNormandy Four talks "lowered risk" of Russia’s offensive in Donbas - diplomatic sourcePeskov told the audience about the talks, in the sense of command of foreign languages among the Normandy Four leaders. Russia's President Vladimir Putin, he said, "may be joking in German with Merkel, and then it becomes very complicated for his assistance who do not speak German." At the same time, Putin "can also speak English, he uses greatly the English language to talk 'briefly' with Hollande." The French president speaks English. Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko "is trying to speak three languages."

Despite the few languages among the talks of the participants, he continued, "the atmosphere is very quick, everyone knows the topic." Moreover, he continued, all talks take that long not for time spent to translate speeches. "The organizers, and namely the federal chancellor's authority, in this have provided ideal conditions for work."

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