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Germany Unable to Confirm Berlin to Host Next Normandy Four Meeting

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Germany cannot confirm the host for meeting of the Normandy format leaders, a spokesperson for the German chancellery told Sputnik on Wednesday.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Germany cannot confirm the suggestion of a Ukrainian official that Berlin will be a venue for the next meeting of the leaders of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine on Ukrainian reconciliation, a spokesperson for the German chancellery told Sputnik on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, deputy head of the Ukrainian Presidential Administration Kostiantyn Yelisieiev said that the next Normandy Format meeting between the four leaders could be held in Berlin, according to the Ukrainian presidential administration’s statement. Yelisieiev said that the proposal came from German Chancellor Angela Merkel during one of phone conversations.

"If it would be anything like that we would announce it in time. I know, it [the issue of Normandy format meeting] is for discussions for the last couple of weeks, but from our side there is nothing to confirm," the spokesperson said, answering a question whether Berlin could host a new meeting to discuss the implementation of the Minsk agreements on Ukraine.

Ahead of the G20 summit in China on September 4-5, media reports suggested that the leaders of France, Germany and Russia might meet to discuss Ukraine in a trilateral format, but instead the three leaders held separate bilateral talks with French President Francois Hollande announcing on Monday that new Normandy Format talks on Ukrainian reconciliation were expected in the upcoming weeks.

Key points of the Minsk agreements, reached in February 2015 in the Belarusian capital, include a ceasefire, constitutional reforms, heavy weapons withdrawal from the line of contact in eastern Ukraine, a decentralization of power in the country and granting a special status to the Donbas region.

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