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Preparations for Normandy-format meeting on Ukraine underway – Peskov

MOSCOW. Oct 12 (Interfax) – Preparations for a meeting on Ukraine in the Normandy format are underway, but it is still too early to talk about a possible date, Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said.

"You know that there was a telephone call yesterday, [Russian President Vladimir] Putin talked to [German Chancellor Angela] Merkel and [French President Emmanuel] Macron. They agreed to work more actively to prepare a meeting [in the Normandy format]. They agreed to hold Normandy-format consultations at the level of foreign ministers, but a time has yet to be agreed upon," Peskov told journalists on Tuesday.

"This work is being done, but there’s little to boast about regarding the implementation of either the Minsk or the Paris [agreements on settling the situation in southeastern Ukraine]," he said.

Asked whether Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky might meet in the Normandy format or hold a bilateral meeting and whether there is any difference between such meetings, Peskov said, "It isn’t the same. The agenda here [in the Normandy format] is absolutely clear, it’s determined by the Minsk Package of Measures, based on which work is being done."