On October 2 French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet in Normandy format in Paris, Joinfo.ua reports.
Normandy Four will discuss the situation in Donbas region and the process of implementation of the Minsk Agreements. The main topic of the meeting is the modality of the local elections in certain areas of Donetsk and Lugansk regions, Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine Kostyantyn Yeliseyev stated.
The AP of Ukraine informed that in the framework of meeting Ukrainian President will have bilateral talks with the participants, and possibly a meeting with Vladimir Putin.
According to media reports, the negotiations will start in the afternoon behind closed doors.
On the eve Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin at a meeting of the Council on Civil Society Development and Human Rights said that “Ukraine is obliged to grant special status to Donbas and release all the militants”. Presumably, Putin will insist on this at the meeting with Poroshenko in Paris.
“We expect that the dialogue between the two unrecognized republics and Kiev authorities will be positive, and the main condition to achieve any compromise – a direct dialogue – will be provided. We shall insist on this and rely on the goodwill of both sides,”- said Putin.
In turn, the leaders of Ukraine, Germany and France at the meeting on September 8 in Minsk agreed that the pseudoelections in some areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions would be a violation of the Minsk agreements and jeopardize the entire process of further political settlement.