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French Foreign Minister: Normandy Format Returns to Normal Operation

Jean-Yves Le Drian

The Normandy format did not work for a long time but has now returned to normal operation. A corresponding statement was made by Minister of Foreign Affairs of France Jean-Yves Le Drian, LCP media outlet informs.

According to the Minister, such issues as prisoner swap, humanitarian prospects, and withdrawal of heavy weapons are currently on the agenda.

Le Drian noted that the representatives of France and Germany had held discussions in Kyiv and Moscow, and Paris advocated a “serious and demanding dialogue” with the Russian Federation.

“Such a dialogue should be conducted without any ambiguity. We warned that a new encroachment on the territorial integrity of Ukraine would have far-reaching consequences,” the minister added.

The day before, during a meeting with security policy adviser to the German Chancellor Jens Plötner and diplomatic adviser to the President of France Emmanuel Bonn, President Volodymyr Zelensky said he hoped to hold the Normandy format summit, the first over the past two years, and take the necessary decisions to end the war in Donbas.

“It is time to agree on an end to the conflict, and we are ready for the necessary decisions during the new summit of the leaders of the four countries,” he said.

He also welcomed the efforts of Germany and France to implement the agreements reached at the Normandy format summit in December 2019.

At a meeting with Plötner and Bonn, Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Andriy Yermak reaffirmed Ukraine’s commitment to the political and diplomatic path of resolving the situation in Donbas.

Bohdan Marusyak

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