Russian, German, French leaders to discuss Ukraine at G20 summit in China
TASS, Aug 23 2016
Putin, Merkel and Hollande will meet on the sidelines of the G20 summit in China to discuss Ukraine. The Kremlin’s press service says they agreed to hold such a meeting in a telephone conversation earlier on Aug 23. The news release says:
The three leaders agreed to maintain personal contacts over Ukraine, in particular, to hold a joint meeting on the sidelines of the Sep 4-5 summit of the Group of 20 in China.
Lavrov in early August said Ukraine had proposed a meeting of the Normandy Quartet leaders at the G20 summit in China. Lavrov added that Russia would support that initiative on the condition Germany and France agreed and if China, the host country, provided a site for the negotiations. On Aug 10, Russia’s FSB said it had detained a group of saboteurs in Crimea and prevented a series of terrorist attacks plotted by the Ukrainian Defense Ministry’s intelligence department. Putin said shortly afterwards that it would make senseless to have a Normandy format summit in a situation like this. Normandy Quartet talks on a settlement in Donbass have been held since Jun 2014. At the ceremony timed for the 70th anniversary of the allied landing in Normandy the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany for the first time discussed a settlement of the conflict in the southeast of Ukraine. There have been several meetings at ministerial and summit level in this format since then.