The position of France will not weaken the position of Ukraine in the channel summit. This was reported by the EU high representative for foreign Affairs and security policy Josep Borrell, the press service of the EU.
“Europe is completely United in this,” added he.
According to Borrell, the EU believe that the Norman meeting will help to continue to work and move towards a peaceful solution of the Ukrainian conflict.
“That is one of the most important priorities that we must address in the European Union”, – he stressed.
In November, the President of France Emmanuel macron has sent his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin a letter in which he stated that Putin’s proposal to impose a moratorium on nuclear missiles intermediate-range nuclear forces in Europe “deserves careful consideration”. These actions, he questioned the consensus among the countries – members of NATO, as the unit rejected the offer of the Russian leader. Macron also criticized the North Atlantic Alliance and stressed that he does not consider Russia and China enemies.
In 2014, immediately after the annexation of Crimea, in Eastern Ukraine, Russia has begun armed aggression. Fighting underway between Ukraine’s Armed forces on the one hand, and the Russian army and Russian-backed militants, who control part of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions, on the other. Officially, Russia does not recognize its invasion of Ukraine, despite Ukraine presented the facts and evidence.
The negotiations on the settlement of the Donbas conflict underway in the trilateral contact group in Minsk (Ukraine, Russia, OSCE), as well as in the Normandy format with participation of representatives of Ukraine, France, Germany and Russia. The heads of state of the Normandy format last met on 19 October 2016 in Berlin.
9 December the President of Ukraine will arrive at the Elysee Palace at 15.55 local time. In 16.05 Zelensky will meet with Macron, at 16.30 – with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, at 17.00 there will be a meeting of all the leaders of the four countries, at 19.45 the leaders of the “Normandy Quartet” will hold a press conference.