Lavrov: “Norman four” negotiations are fine

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Dmitry Peskov, the press spokesman for the President of the Russian Federation informs that the meeting continues, but in private.

Sergey Lavrov (the Foreign Minister of Russia), Vladimir Putin (the Russian President), Yuri Ushakov (the Russian President’s assistant), Dmitry Peskov (the Russian President’s spokesman) joined the Norman format meeting on the south-east Ukrainian crisis regulation.

The Russian representatives commented on the meeting course. Sergey Lavrov said that “the negotiations are fine”.

“The work is going on,” added Yuri Ushakov. “We have a hot discussion,” admitted Grigory Karasin, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.

The Russian President’s assistance Vladislav Surkov refused giving any comments, having proposed to wait for the end of the negotiations. He didn’t even say whether there would be signed a document.

Some days before the meeting in Minsk Vladimir Putin expressed his confidence, highlighting that in order to resolve the Ukrainian crisis it’s necessary to cease the military operation in the south-east and create a constitutional arrangement that suits all the Ukrainians.

“An indispensible condition for the situation improvement is a speedy cease-fire in the south-east of Ukraine,” said the Russian President to an Egyptian newspaper Al Ahram.

The Ukrainian leader arrived in Minsk to inform that in case of the meeting failure, the south-east crisis would aggravate. “The whole world is waiting for one possible outcome – whether they cease fire or the situation gets out of control,” said Poroshenko at the meeting with Alexander Lukashenko.

The Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel and the President of France François Hollande promised to “put all the efforts” to make the meeting in Minsk a success.

Text and pictures by TASS