The Kremlin press service has confirmed that the foreign ministers of Russia, Germany, France, and Ukraine are planning to meet for a round of talks, with the agenda to be defined at the meeting.
According to the Kremlin, the heads of Russian and Ukrainian presidential administrations – Sergei Ivanov and Boris Lozhkin – met in Sochi on Friday.
“A wide range of bilateral relations issues have been discussed during the talks,” the Kremlin’s statement reads.
“The sides have also discussed holding a meeting in the Normandy format at the level of foreign ministers of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France. The agenda and the range of issues will be discussed at the meeting,” the Kremlin said.
Russia’s Foreign Ministry said earlier on Friday that Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov could meet with his counterparts from Germany, France and Ukraine in Berlin on August 17 to discuss the Ukrainian crisis.
«The talks in the Russia-Germany-France-Ukraine format are being prepared," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova told RIA Novosti.
Ukrainian Foreign Ministry also said the meeting could be held in Berlin.