The leaders of Russia, France and Germany will meet in Berlin in “channel format” on 19 October. Dinner, during which the sides will discuss the situation in Ukraine, will take place at the invitation of Chancellor Angela Merkel. In an interview with radio station Europe1 said the Ambassador of Russia in France Alexander Orlov.
On the same day scheduled a separate meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and his French counterpart Francois Hollande in Paris. The two leaders should discuss the Syrian and Ukrainian conflict. However, the President of France on Sunday, October 9, admitted that he pondered whether to hold this meeting. Press Secretary of the Russian leader, Dmitry Peskov, later explained that while Paris was not notified about the change of plans about the meeting of leaders of the two countries.
That Russia, France, Ukraine and Germany are going October 19 to hold a meeting in the “Normandy format”, eve said Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov. Sands has considered premature to speak about the meeting in the “Normandy format” on 19 October.
Later, “Interfax-Ukraine” citing a source in diplomatic circles told that Kiev did not give consent to participate in the summit “channel four”. “While there is no agreed road map that will involve the performance security conditions of Minsk Russia, such a meeting will not take place”, — said the Agency interlocutor close to the negotiation process.
Originally Ukraine offered to hold a meeting in the “Normandy format” at the G20 summit in China. However, once in the Crimea detained Ukrainian saboteurs Putin said that the format of such a meeting at the summit meaningless. Later, Putin agreed to meet with Merkel and Hollande at the G20 in a trilateral format. The two sides were to discuss “the current situation in Ukraine, further cooperation in the framework of “Normandy format” Minsk process”, said then the assistant to the Russian President Yuri Ushakov.
However, this meeting did not take place. Instead, Putin met separately with the separately with Merkel and Hollande. “Our colleagues have preferred referring to the graph, hold two bilateral meetings, that is, will meet with Hollande and a separate meeting with German Chancellor Merkel,” — explained Ushakov.