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    October 17, 2014. Russian President Vladimir Putin (left), Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (right), German Chancellor Angela Merkel (near center), and French President Francois Hollande (far center) during a meeting in the Normandy format on the sidelines of the ASEM Summit

    Ukraine to Discuss Normandy Format Meeting With Germany, France

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    A telephone conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande, during which the sides will discuss the Normandy format meeting, will be held on Sunday or on Monday morning, Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko said on Saturday.

    KIEV (Sputnik) — The Normandy Four, which comprises Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany, was created in 2014 to secure a peaceful settlement to the conflict in eastern Ukraine. The group has held several rounds of talks on Ukrainian reconciliation, most notably in February when the quartet's leaders brokered a ceasefire agreement in Minsk, Belarus, signed by Kiev and the Donbass militia in February 2015.

    The sides failed to fulfill the agreements' conditions by the end of 2015, as initially intended, and the deadline was extended into 2016, with the sides continuing to blame each other for the failure to abide by the Minsk deal.

    "A telephone conversation with German Chancellor and French President will be held tomorrow or on Monday morning," Poroshenko said at the briefing in Kharkiv city in Ukraine’s northeast.

    He also added that the sides would discuss a possibility of a meeting of the Normandy Four format states.

    "As far as the Normandy format meeting is concerned, we constantly note that we are ready for this meeting. The key position is that this should not be a meeting for the sake of the meeting. We should develop an agenda and draft decisions," the president said.

    Poroshenko stressed that he strongly supported Minsk agreements as the Normandy format and the Minsk process provided an opportunity "to keep Russia at the negotiations table on Donbass, as Moscow’s participation is key."

    The Ukrainian government has been conducting a military operation in the country's eastern regions since April 2014.

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