In Kiev, Lavrov’s words about "Normandy format" was called a weak excuse


Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Dmytro Kuleba - 1920, 22.10.2021

KIEV, 22 October – Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba called “weak we will justify” the statement of his Russian colleague Sergei Lavrov that Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed only to think about how to go to a meeting of Foreign Ministers of the “Normandy format”.
On Friday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called Kuleba’s words distorting that Russia had allegedly promised Germany and France to hold a meeting of Foreign Ministers of the “Normandy format”.
“Weak excuse. They say that Putin did not promise to hold a meeting of ministers of the” Normandy format “, but” promised to instruct to consider how to go to such a meeting. And then the Russians do not understand why no one else believes their words, “Kuleba wrote in Twitter, commenting on Lavrov’s statement.
The so-called “Normandy format” of negotiations on Ukraine has existed since June 2014. Then, during the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the landing of allied troops in Normandy, the leaders of Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France for the first time discussed the settlement of the conflict in Donbass. The previous summit was held in Paris on December 9, 2019. Recently, the parties at different levels have been discussing the prospects for interaction in this format. The Kremlin believes that holding the summit in the “Normandy format” would be good, but it must be prepared. The Kremlin said earlier that there is a risk of not being in time with the summit in the “Normandy format” when Merkel is leaving the post of German Chancellor.


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