TASS, July 8. Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President of France Emmanuel macron discussed the situation in Ukraine and ways of its settlement, reported on the Kremlin website. The conversation took place in Hamburg at the Atlantic hotel for a working Breakfast.
From the Russian side the meeting was attended by presidential aide Yuri Ushakov and Deputy head of the presidential Administration – press Secretary of the Kremlin Dmitry Peskov.
“They discussed the situation in Ukraine and ways of its settlement”, – reported on its website.
According to Dmitry Peskov, the leaders of Russia, Germany and France, stated the stalling of the implementation of the Minsk agreement on Ukraine, but found an understanding that we need to continue this work.
“An exchange of views on where we are now everything is in terms of Ukrainian settlement,” Peskov told journalists following the working Breakfast of the three leaders. “States serious slippage with the implementation of the Minsk agreements. However, it is also the understanding that we need to go further”, – said the representative of the Kremlin.
As noted by Sands, the leaders “have an understanding that we need to prepare the agenda of the telephone conversation in the Normandy format, as well as to take effective measures that would lead to a real ceasefire on the contact line in Donbas and withdrawal of heavy weapons. “In this respect, there is full interaction, the full consent of the parties”, – concluded the press-Secretary of the President.
According to him, Putin “as always concisely, but exhaustively brought to the interlocutors, the position of the Russian Federation” on the topic.
The question of Ukrainian settlement raised on the sidelines of the Hamburg summit is not the first time: in particular, on Friday, he among others was discussed at the talks between Putin and U.S. President Donald trump. As told journalists the head of Russian foreign Ministry Sergei Lavrov, the us side was informed about the appointment of his special representative in Ukraine – by Kurt Volker, who may soon arrive in Moscow. According to Lavrov, “the two leaders agreed to create a channel between the representative of the Russian Federation and the representative of the United States” to promote settlement on the basis of the Minsk agreements, “based on the potential that lies in the contact group [on Ukraine] and in the “channel format”.