Russia's attendance at the "Normandy format" meeting in Astana on January 15 will depend on the outcomes of preparations done by experts, Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov said.
"If preparations for the January 15 meeting reach a practical stage we will make a relevant statement concerning the attendance of President Putin; so far the preparatory work continues at the level of experts and our further moves depend on its outcomes," the newspaper Vedomosti quoted Peskov as saying on Monday.
The "Normandy format" negotiations involve representatives of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on December 29 that the next "Normandy format" meeting dedicated to the peace process in eastern Ukraine would take place in Astana on January 15.
The European Union said on January 9 that a meeting of presidents in the "Normandy format" had yet to be confirmed.
A "Normandy format" meeting at the level of foreign ministers of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany will be held in Berlin on Monday. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will take part in it.
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