Ukraine: Leaders of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine will meet in Paris

Leaders of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine will meet in Paris on Dec. 9 to hold talks on Ukraine.

This four-party talk, or the Normandy format, will bring Emmanuel Macron, Angela Merkel, Vladimir Putin and Volodymyr Zelensky together to resolve the Ukraine crisis in accordance with the Minsk deals.

“It will be held when major progress has been made since the summer in the negotiations, which had allowed the disengagement of troops in several areas of tension, and will open a new sequence of implementation of the Minsk agreements,” said Elysee.

Since April 2014, an armed conflict between Ukrainian government troops and pro-independence insurgents has been underway in east Ukraine’s Donbass region. The Minsk agreements, reached in September 2014 and February 2015 respectively, are designed to peacefully end the conflict.

The Normandy group, created on June 6, 2014, when leaders from the four countries met on the margins of the 70th anniversary of the D-Day allied landings in Normandy, works in a bid to further implement the Minsk Agreements.

Since taking office in May this year, Zelensky has held two phone conversations with Putin, in August and July respectively, to discuss the situation in Donbass and an exchange of detainees.

In August, Macron and Putin talked about holding a Normandy format meeting when Putin visited France. In September, Ukraine and Russia conducted an exchange of detainees in a step towards easing tensions in Donbass region and the thawing of bilateral ties.