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    A Normandy Four summit may be held in case of Minks deal implementation, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — A Normandy Four summit may be held if the agenda includes substantial matters linked to the implementation of the Minks deal on Ukraine reconciliation, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday.

    "If any substantial matters related to the implementation of Minsk agreements are put on agenda, it would make sense for the Normandy Four to hold a top-level meeting. It would be possible if some real issues for discussion arise," Peskov told reporters.

    Ukraine's President-elect Petro Poroshenko (L) walks past Russia's President Vladimir Putin (R) during an international D-Day commemoration ceremony on the beach of Ouistreham, Normandy, on June 6, 2014
    After holding talks with French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel earlier in September, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the Normandy Four top-level meeting would be empty talks without any practical agenda.

    Earlier in the month, Hollande said that the next Normandy Four summit was scheduled to take place in the upcoming weeks.

    The so-called Normandy Four format established in June 2014 brings together French, German, Russian and Ukrainian representatives to discuss political settlement of the Ukrainian conflict. In February 2015, the quartet leaders worked out a ceasefire deal in Minsk, Belarus, signed by representatives of the Kiev authorities and militias from the eastern Ukrainian Donbas region.


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