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Normandy Four heads of state to meet on 9 Dec – Bloomberg

The meeting is expected to take place in Paris.

Normandy Four heads of state to meet on 9 Dec – Bloomberg
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The leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany, France will meet in Paris on 9 December, Bloomberg has reported quoting French sources.

UPDATE: The Ukrainian presidential office has confirmed the meeting is planned for 9 December.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and the leaders of France and Germany were ready to hold the summit on 17 September but Russia backed out quoting "technical reasons".

Russia made the meeting contingent on the disengagement of materiel and troops near Zolote in Luhansk Region and Petrivske in Donetsk Region. Ukraine delivered on these conditions. The Kremlin acknowledged positive dynamics in preparations for the summit.

The four heads of state last met in Berlin in autumn 2016.

A day earlier, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystayko said that there is no set date for the meeting, adding that he expected it to take place by the end of the year. He ruled out a tete-a-tete meeting between the presidents of Ukraine and Russia. The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said that one of the top issues would be the return of political prisoners.

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