Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the meeting of the foreign ministers of the four countries in the “Normandy format” will not take place on November 11. TASS reports.
According to Lavrov, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian proposed to hold a meeting in the “Normandy format” on November 11 in Paris.
“Nothing will happen on November 11, we are not discussing any new dates primarily because first of all we need to understand what the product of such a meeting will be, what its result will be, and how much its result will be based on the implementation of all previous decisions by the Ukrainian side in “Normandy format” – said Lavrov.
He noted that on October 29 the Russian Federation sent its partners in the “Normandy format” a draft final document of a possible meeting. At the same time, the French Foreign Minister told Lavrov on the sidelines of the G20 summit that he had not had time to get acquainted with the document.
The head of the Russian Foreign Ministry stressed that this project turned out to be honest, capacious and covered all the main problems “that the settlement of the internal Ukrainian crisis rests on,” as well as the refusal of the Ukrainian leadership to fulfill its obligations and UN Security Council resolutions.
Lavrov noted that the Russian side is waiting for a reaction to its proposals. Moreover, Moscow is not interested in “showy performances” on cameras in order to signal that the format is working. At the same time, the head of the Russian department emphasized that for November 11 he had a “very tight program” planned. Lavrov explained that the visit of the foreign minister of one of the friendly countries is expected on this day.
“The other day we received a joint message from the Foreign Ministers of Germany and France, where November 11 is designated as an almost uncontested date. I’m not talking about diplomatic etiquette, it’s just humanly not cultural, ”Lavrov said.
He added that the Russian side sent additional arguments in favor of tackling “not planning events for show,” but a matter of substance.
The Normandy format of negotiations on Donbass was launched in 2014. It is attended by Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France. The last time the leaders of these countries met in the framework of the format was December 9, 2019. The Russian Federation has repeatedly stated the need to develop a final document. In it, Moscow called for reflecting the state of the negotiation process and the progress in implementing previous decisions. The Russian side also drew attention to the fact that a new meeting in the Normandy format does not make sense without the implementation of these steps.
Earlier, the press secretary of the President of Ukraine Sergei Nikiforov said that the work of the Normandy format in Donbass is under a big question.