About this on January 3 TASS said a source in the administration of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
It is noted that “the meeting will be held at the invitation of the Russian side.”
Conversation between Pletner, Bonn and Kozak on the issue of resolving the conflict in Donbass announced on Monday by the representative of the German federal government Steffen Hebeshtreit.
According to him, regardless of these negotiations, Pletner and Bonn will also meet this week with the “Ukrainian partner”.
He stated that the new government of the FRG has repeatedly emphasized its interest and readiness to meet in the Normandy format at all levels, and the presidents of Ukraine and Russia were informed about this.
Straightaway after the annexation of Crimea in 2014, Russia launched an armed aggression in eastern Ukraine. The fighting is between the Ukrainian Armed Forces on the one hand and the Russian army and Russian-backed militants who control parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions on the other. Officially, the Russian Federation does not recognize its invasion of Ukraine, despite the facts and evidence presented by Ukraine.
Negotiations on the settlement of the conflict are being conducted within the framework of the trilateral contact group (TCG, Ukraine – OSCE – Russia) and the Normandy Four (Ukraine – Germany – France – Russia).
On December 9, 2019, the last summit of the leaders of the Normandy Four was held in Paris. Its final communiqué states that the parties agreed on a ceasefire, the opening of new checkpoints, the exchange of detainees according to the “all for all” formula until December 31, 2019, the disengagement of forces and assets in three new areas in the Donbass, the extension of the law “On a special procedure for local self-government in certain areas” for a year Donetsk and Luhansk regions “and the expansion of the mandate of the OSCE special monitoring mission.
Arrangements were partially implemented… The next summit was expected to take place in 2020, but this did not happen. From participating in the Normandy format negotiations Russia refuses, reported in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.
On December 15, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba said that Ukraine, Germany and France by joint efforts return the Russian Federation to the negotiating table in Normandy format.