Leaders "channel four" (Russia, Ukraine, France, Germany) for the First time since February 12 will gather In the French capital to discuss the situation in Ukraine. In the agenda the issue of holding elections in the Donbass, the withdrawal of troops from the contact line, securing access of OSCE observers and more.
in addition to the conversation in the format of " fours, on the sidelines of the summit will be held several bilateral meetings. As said last week, the Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov, the head of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin in Paris will hold two meetings with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French leader Francois Hollande. However, According to Ushakov, a separate meeting with Poroshenko won't.
before the press service of the Ukrainian President said Petro Poroshenko held phone conversations with French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, during which the Parties agreed yesterday to the meeting in " Norman format ".
"We have clearly described certain" red lines " that We must pay attention of the Russian Side, and, of course, We have made certain projections of our expectations ", - said Deputy head of the administration of Ukrainian Director Konstantin Eliseev. Among these expectations, he said " providing impetus to the sustainable and complete ceasefire in the Donbas, guaranteeing the access of OSCE observers to all occupied territory, including the Ukrainian-Russian border ", as well As the issue of access of observers uncontrolled Kiev territory.
In the Russian leadership, for its Part, revealed that in the capital of Russia, on agreement of the three countries ' positions are unknown. The President's press Secretary Dmitry Peskov said that in the capital of Russia hopeful on progress in the implementation of the Minsk agreements, as long as the Kremlin finds "significant slippage" in the implementation of Minsk-2.
According to him, the main chance that this format will provide the implementation of the Minsk agreements, which, According to Putin, " will not tolerate any interpretations and do not have double meanings ".
An important issue in the process of negotiations in "Norman format" will be the removal of weapons with a caliber of not more than 100 millimeters from the line of contact in Donbas. On Tuesday in Minsk was initialed a proper contract, on Wednesday it was signed. 1st phase of allotment shall commence upon a finding of a complete ceasefire in the Donbas. The General staff of Ukraine said that the countdown 2 day ceasefire began at midnight on September 30.
in Russia nourish the hope that the Leaders of "Norman Quartet" will appreciate the initialling of the Treaty on the diversion of weapons in the Donbass, said the Commissioner of the Russian Federation in the contact group on the resolution of the conflict situation in the Donbass Azamat kulmuhametov." The summit on the last working day of the week in Paris - it doesn't often drop the opportunity on the merits to proceed in the matter (removal of equipment). I assume that Kiev and Moscow are ready to work on it, " said, for his Part, Minister of foreign Affairs of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
The parties do not bypass the attention and the topic of local elections. The Ukrainian government has appointed elections to local authorities on 25 October. The authorities of the self-proclaimed LNR appointed local elections on November 1, But in DND they are required to pass on October 18." The Russian Federation should put pressure on their supporters in order to prevent or cancel these elections. But if these elections take place, they will not be recognized and will represent a serious threat to the Minsk process, " he said before Elisha.
The topic of Syria, nevertheless, will be addressed in the negotiations in Paris. So, a source at the Elysee Palace said that Putin will discuss with his French counterpart the situation in the country.
the head of the Russian Federation V. V. Putin first asked the Federation Council for permission to use Russian armed forces abroad. The Federation Council blessed this appeal. The Ministry of defence of the Russian Federation informed that the Russian VKS aircraft began conducting air operations with the targeted killings by terrorists from the "Islamic country" in the Syrian Arab Republic. Russia wants to use only the aircraft, acting on the request of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, leading the fight against terrorists " Islamic countries ", said on Wednesday the head of the Kremlin administration Sergei Ivanov.
Yeliseyev said that the Ukrainian side wants to raise in the negotiations "channel four" in Paris the question of Russia's use of military power abroad. The Ministry of foreign Affairs of Ukraine first declared that expects from the Russian Federation public assurances that Moscow will not use armed force against Kiev.
The previous meeting of the "Normandy four" summit was held in Minsk on 12 February to be exact it started yesterday, eleven of the number, however, ended only on a subsequent day. In total, the presidents discussed the Ukrainian issue 16 hours. The result of sleepless nights have become the consensus, known as the " Minsk-2 ".
According to the agreement, immediate and comprehensive ceasefire has to begin from midnight fifteen February, the withdrawal of heavy weapons at a safe distance must begin no later than the 2nd day after the ceasefire and end within 14 days. Before the end of the year in Ukraine should be carried out constitutional reform. Only the Minsk document has absorbed 12 points.