President of France - Emmanuel Macron.Reuters
France’s President Emmanuel Macron wants a Normandy Four format summit (France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine) to be held in the near future, he told a news conference on May 27 at the end of G7 summit in
Taormina, Italy, TASS reports.
"We should move ahead in implementing the Minsk peace deal," Macron said. "I think in the near future we should hold a summit in the Normandy Four format."
"Until the crisis is resolved, sanctions should be in place," he added.
On May 29, Macron will receive Russian President Vladimir Putin at the palace of Versailles, the residence of France’s leaders. The two leaders are expected to focus on the Ukraine and Syria crises and on the fight against terrorism.
The meeting is timed to coincide with unveiling of a grand exhibition at the royal palace dedicated to the 300th anniversary of Russian Czar Peter the Great’s visit to France in 1717, which paved the way for long-standing diplomatic relations between the two countries.
The first meeting in the so-called Normandy Four format was held in France, on June 6, 2014, during celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the landing of allied troops in Normandy, when the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany for the first time discussed the settlement of the conflict in southeast Ukraine.
Since then, four summits have taken place as well as numerous ministerial meetings.
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