Putin arrives in French presidential residence in Paris to attend Normandy Quartet meeting

Putin has arrived at the Elysee Palace in Paris, where he is scheduled to meet with French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has arrived at the Elysee Palace in Paris, where he is scheduled to meet with French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel and then attend a meeting of the Normandy Quartet leaders on Ukraine.

The leaders of France, Germany, Russia, and Ukraine should start their meeting at about 2:00 p.m. local time, and its planned duration is unknown.

The date of local elections in the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk people's republics (DPR and LPR) might be one of the key points to be discussed at the meeting, as the parties have still been unable to reach a consensus on the matter.

The Russian, French, and German leaders had agreed to hold a Normandy Quartet summit in Paris in a telephone conversation on September 9.

The Kremlin expects that the Russian, French, German, and Ukrainian leaders will be discussing "exclusively Ukrainian problems" and that the discussion will be held "primarily in the context of the full and comprehensive implementation of the Minsk Agreements of February 12."

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