French President Emmanuel Macron has declared that next month the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France will hold negotiations aimed at ending hostilities in eastern Ukraine. He said this at the end of the G7 summit in Biarritz.

The French president did not specify the exact date of the negotiations, known as the Normandy format.

In recent weeks, there have been talks that after a long break, a new summit in the Normandy format may take place soon with the participation of the leaders of Ukraine, France, Germany and Russia. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky calls for holding such a summit.

He also suggested expanding the number of participants at the expense of the leaders of the United Kingdom and the United States, but this proposal has not yet been backed.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, for his part, has already stated that he can meet with the Ukrainian leader only if Kyiv holds direct negotiations with the leaders of Russia’s illegal armed separatist groups “DPR” and “LPR”, which are recognized as terrorist in Ukraine; so far, official Kyiv rejects this possibility.

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