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    Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, background 2nd right, and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, foreground right, during the Normandy format meeting between the leaders of Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France on settling the Ukrainian conflict, at the Paul Loebe Haus parliamentary building in Berlin, October 19, 2016. Background 3rd right: German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. Background left: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Background 3rd left: Russian Presidential Aide Vladislav Surkov.

    All Normandy Four Leaders Admit Minsk Agreements Have No Alternatives

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    All the participants of the Berlin meeting of the Normandy format admitted that there was no alternative to the Minsk agreements on the Ukrainian settlement, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Saturday.

    YUZHNO-SAKHALINSK (Sputnik) – Peskov also noted, that the ministers and assistants of the heads of states will hold a meeting within a month, and continue to elaborate the roadmap despite the dates, set in the agreements, already expired.

    “Well, first of all, it is necessary to admit that the Minsk agreements, of course, have not been implemented. Most of the provisions, especially, the political part, are up to Ukraine to implement,” Peskov told “Vesti v Subbotu” news program.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a press conference after the conclusion of the G-20 Summit in Hangzhou in eastern China's Zhejiang Province, Monday, Sept. 5, 2016
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    “Confirmation of the fact that the text of the Minsk agreements has no alternatives is also very important,” Peskov added, stressing, that Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko also admitted the fact.

    “Yes, Poroshenko admitted it. Everybody admitted, that the text of the Minsk agreements is the starting point,” Peskov said.

    Moreover, Peskov added, that nobody, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, objected to the deployment of the Organization of the Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) mission in eastern Ukraine.

    On Wednesday, the leaders of Russia, France, Germany and Ukraine gathered in Berlin for the Normandy Four talks. The main issues of the talks were the settlement of the Ukrainian crisis and the situation in Syria.


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