Leaders aim for ‘Normandy format’ peace summit for Ukraine

The leaders of Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine are hoping to meet this week to discuss the crisis in eastern Ukraine. This follows a last-ditch German-French push to end the bloodshed.

Angela Merkel’s spokesman, Steffen Seibert said in a statement that the chancellor, President Hollande, and as his Russian and Ukrainian counterparts, Vladimir Putin and Petro Poroshenko, had agreed to aim for a Wednesday meeting in Minsk during a conference call on Sunday.

“In (the call) they worked further on a package of measures in the context of their efforts on a comprehensive settlement of the conflict in eastern Ukraine,” the statement said.

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“This work will be continued tomorrow in Berlin with the goal of holding a ‘Normandy Format’ summit on Wednesday in Minsk,” he added. The term “Normany format” refers to a meeting of the leaders of France, Germany, Russian and Ukraine on the sidelines of celebrations last June of the 70th anniversary of the allies’ landing in Normandy during World War II.
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Source News: DW