Kremlin says Putin, Merkel, Hollande to meet in September

The three leaders will discuss the Ukrainian issue on the sidelines of the G20 summit in China
Kremlin says Putin, Merkel, Hollande to meet in September
23 August 17:20 2016 Print This Article

Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande to discuss the situation in Ukraine on September 4-5 in China on the sidelines of the G20 summit, reports Kremlin on Tuesday.

According to the Kremlin press release, during a phone call the three leaders “agreed to continue personal contacts on the Ukrainian issue, in particular, to meet on the sidelines of the upcoming G20 summit in China on September 4–5”.

The leaders also expressed concerns about instability along the line of confrontation in east Ukraine. They also focused on the importance of formalising the special status for Donbass, implementing a constitutional reform and amnesty, as well as holding local elections, the Kremlin statement says.

The statement also says that “President of Russia Vladimir Putin updated his colleagues on the crude provocation by Ukraine, which sent a group of subversives in early August to stage terrorist attacks in Russia. Kiev’s use of such forceful measures is directly harming the Minsk process and cooperation within the Normandy format.”

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