To organize the Summit of the Norman Four, Putin requires the inclusion of the Steinmeier formula in Ukrainian law and the withdrawal of troops in Zolotoy and Petrovsky.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin talked on the phone and discussed preparations for the Norman Four summit: Putin put forward a number of demands. This was reported by the press service of the President of the Russian Federation on Saturday, October 19.
Putin's press service claims the conversation was initiated by Germany.
вЂњWhen discussing the situation with a settlement in Ukraine, the importance of rigorous implementation of the MinskвЂњ package of measures вЂќ and the agreements reached during the summits in the Norman format was confirmed. This primarily relates to the implementation of the Steinmeier formula in Ukrainian legislation, as well as to the separation of forces and funds in the agreed sections of the contact line at the settlements of Zolotoe and Petrovskoye, вЂќ it was informed.
According to the Kremlin, Ukraine allegedly refuses to withdraw its units and military equipment вЂњfrom various pretextsвЂќ from these settlements.
вЂњAs for the possible holding of the next Summit of the Norman Four, it should be carefully prepared and be crowned with concrete results. It is agreed that the corresponding work will continue along the lines of assistant leaders and the leadership of foreign affairs agencies,вЂќ the Russian President noted.
Recall that earlier the Russian Federation refused to discuss Crimea in the Norman format. The Kremlin вЂњcarefully examined the main statementsвЂќ by President Vladimir Zelensky at a press marathon.