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Russian War in Donbas: “Normandy Four” Counsellors to Meet on 28 August

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A meeting of the counsellors to the “Normandy Four” leaders may take place by the end of this month. The representatives of the Ukraine, Germany, France, and Russia’s leaders are likely to meet on 28 August.

RBC-Ukraine reports this citing its sources close to the negotiations. It is noted that the meeting may take place in Berlin or Paris.

“Potentially on 28 August. Most likely, it will be an offline meeting,” said the title interlocutor.

He also noted that at the meeting of political counsellors, the issue of changing the resolution of the Verkhovna Rada on calling local elections in Ukraine is to be raised. This document caused serious dissatisfaction of the Russian side.

To recap, Leonid Kravchuk, the head of the Ukrainian delegation to the Tripartite Contact Group on the Russian War in Donbas, informed that Russia requested the resolution of the local elections stipulated by the Ukrainian parliament,  calling throughout Ukraine, including the occupied Donbas.

A few days ago, a Ukrainian delegation member, journalist Serhiy Harmash, affirmed that a meeting of counsellors to the “Normandy Four” leaders was really planned. According to him, Ukraine will traditionally be represented at these talks by Andriy Yermak, the President’s Office head. Russia will be represented by Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration Dmitry Kozak, who previously stated that he would not participate in this format.

According to Harmash, if Kozak does not participate, it will mean that Russia has left the “Normandy Four.”

Bohdan Marusyak

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