Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Ryabkov said that the line pursued by the American administration in the Ukrainian direction makes it impossible for the United States to participate in the “Normandy format” on the settlement in Donbass, RIA Novosti reports.
“With the approaches that Washington is demonstrating and applying, it has nothing to do in the Normandy format,” he said.
Earlier, Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Oleksiy Reznikov said that the participation of the United States at the “Normandy format” level is possible to resolve the situation in Donbass.
According to him, this is due to the fact that the United States is a member of the OSCE and the guarantor of the Budapest Memorandum.
The head of the Kiev delegation to the contact group on Donbass, Leonid Kravchuk, reported that the meeting of the leaders of the countries participating in the Normandy format is planned for April.
The “Normandy format” of negotiations (Russia, Ukraine, Germany, France) on the situation in Donbass has existed since June 2014.