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    The Normandy format talks, which include Russia, Germany, France, and Ukraine, were launched back in 2014 when the four countries decided to facilitate the peace process in Ukraine amid the ongoing civil war in the east of the country. The last summit in this format was held in Berlin in 2016.

    President of Russia Vladimir Putin, his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and French President Emmanuel Macron hold a summit in Paris on Monday to discuss the situation in Ukraine and seek a way to the peaceful settlement of the conflict and the implementation of the Minsk agreements that envisage a ceasefire, hostage release, withdrawal of armed forces, and the creation of autonomous regions in the war-torn country.

    A Ukrainian serviceman wears a mask depicting a skull on September 23, 2014 on armored personnel carrier (APC) in a suburb of the eastern town Debaltseve in the region of Donetsk
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    A Ukrainian serviceman wears a mask depicting a skull on September 23, 2014 on armored personnel carrier (APC) in a suburb of the eastern town Debaltseve in the region of Donetsk

    An armed conflict  in Ukraine erupted in 2014 after mass protests in Kiev led to a violent coup d'état in Kiev, with president Yanukovich fleeing the country.

    In response, Donetsk and Lugansk regions refused to recognise the new government and proclaimed their independence via referendums. Kyiv then started a military operation against the breakaway regions, sending its army and paramilitary forces to the southeast of the country.

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    • 23:16

      Merkel Says Normandy Leaders Agreed on Political Steps Necessary for Holding Local Elections in Ukraine's South

      The participants of the Normandy Four summit discussed the implementation of the so-called Steinmeier formula, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said.

      "We in Paris discussed various topics, in particular, the implementation of the Steinmeier formula," Merkel said on Monday.

      Merkel added that the four leaders - Russian President Vladimir Putin, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, French President Emmanuel Macron and herself - had also agreed to stick to it.

    • 23:05

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    • 23:01

      Macron Says Stability in Europe Depends on Settlement of Conflict in Ukraine

      "The stability on the European continent and the construction of a new architecture of trust and security go through the settlement of the conflict in eastern Ukraine in the framework of the Minsk agreements. And therefore, today's meeting [of the Normandy Four] was important," Macron said at a press conference after the Normandy Four summit in Paris.

    • 22:47

      A Lot Has Been Achieved During Normandy Four Meeting in Paris Today, Macron Says

      "A big progress has really been achieved today. There was the first meeting of [Russian] President [Vladimir] Putin and [Ukrainian] President [Volodymyr] Zelenskyy. And I would like to thank [Zelenskyy] for this real determination and courage that he showed in settling the conflict in his country," Macron said at a press conference after the Normandy Four summit in Paris.

    • 22:44

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    • 22:35

      Normandy Four Leaders Adopt Joint Statement at Conclusion of Paris Summit

    • 22:13

      Normandy Four Talks on Ukraine Conclude in Paris

      The Normandy Four summit has ended in Paris, the last two hours of talks were held during a working dinner, a Sputnik correspondent reports.

      In total, the talks in Paris lasted about five and a half hours, including the one-and-a-half-hour talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

      Now, Putin, Zelenskyy, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron will hold a joint press conference.

    • 20:54

      Naftogaz Executive Director Says Gas Talks During Normandy Four Meeting Were Constructive

      The gas talks that were held in Paris on the margins of the Normandy Four summit on Monday were "constructive," Naftogaz Executive Director Yuriy Vitrenko said.

      "There was constructive dialogue. We presented our position … including on gas issues," Vitrenko told journalists, adding that the sides "agreed to continue negotiations."

    • 20:05

      First Putin-Zelensky Face-to-Face Talks End in Paris

      The first-ever bilateral meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky ended in Paris after an hour and 20 minutes of discussions.

    • 18:59

      Putin, Zelensky Start 1st Face-to-Face Meeting in Paris

      The first-ever bilateral meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has begun in Paris, a Sputnik correspondent reported.

      The talks between the leaders of the two countries are being held following the Normandy Four summit on the Donbass conflict settlement. Putin and Zelensky have never met before and have only had a few telephone conversations in the past.

      According to the protocol of the summit, the meeting should take about 45 minutes. However, Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov earlier said that the Putin-Zelensky talks are not limited in time.

    • 18:03

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    • 18:00

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    • 16:50

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    • 16:21

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    • 16:18

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    • 16:13

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      The Russian and German heads of state reportedly discussed, among other topics, last week's expulsion of two Russian diplomats from Germany over Russia's alleged link to the murder of a Georgian man in Berlin.

    • 16:06

      Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky Meets With French Counterpart Emmanuel Macron

      "A meeting has begun between Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and French President Emmanuel Macron at the Normandy Summit in Paris", the Ukrainian presidential press service wrote on Twitter.

    • 14:38

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