Diplomats say changes on key issues of a peaceful settlement can only be achieved within the framework of the Normandy Four.
Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry reacted to the Kremlin’s initiative to hold negotiations with French and German leaders over the Donbass – without Ukraine’s participation.
Ukraine’s position is not about Ukraine without Ukraine, ”MFA Ukraine spokesperson Oleh Nikolenko said in a comment to UNIAN.
Negotiations on the settlement of the Russian-Ukrainian armed conflict, the official recalled, are being conducted in the Norman format, with the participation of Ukrainian, German, French and Russian leaders.
Read alsoKremlin Spox: Putin does not plan talks with Zelensky“We are convinced that only the complete and unreduced composition of Normandy [Four], will allow progress to be made on the key issues of a peaceful settlement, first of all, to ensure a comprehensive and comprehensive ceasefire, ”Nikolenko stressed.
In the context of the latest escalation in Donbass where Ukrainian forces are under increasing number of attacks, Kiev is working to step up negotiations in a quadripartite format – both at the level of heads of state and of political advisers to the four Norman leaders.
On March 29, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov said contacts were underway between the leaders of Russia, Germany and France regarding the latest developments in the Donbass.
Read also“Some member states” block extension of OSCE SMM mandate in Ukraine – MFAThe talks will also go beyond the Donbass issue, the spokesperson added.
Asked by a UNIAN correspondent in Russia why Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is not ready to participate in the mentioned negotiations, Peskov said it was not “some kind of Normandy Four format event. “.