The Kremlin said that after the liquidation of the leader of terrorist organization “Donetsk People’s Republic”, Alexander Zakharchenko, “it’s difficult to talk about something” with Ukraine in the “Normandy format,” but that does not mean that Russia is withdrawing from the Minsk agreements.

This was reported to journalists by Dmitry Peskov, the presidential press secretary, answering the UNIAN question about the prospects of the “Normandy format” after the assassination of Zakharchenko.

“After the incident, it is very difficult to talk something over with the Ukrainian side. I repeat once again that this does not mean that Russia is withdrawing from the Minsk process,” he stressed.

On September 1, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced the impossibility of negotiating in the “Normandy format” after the liquidation of Zakharchenko.

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