Putin, Merkel and Hollande to meet on sidelines of G20 in China

Putin, Merkel and Hollande to meet on sidelines of G20 in China

Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and French President Francois Hollande have agreed to meet on the sidelines of the G20 summit in China, the Kremlin said.

The leaders discussed the prospects of the Minsk process, based on the synchronization of the political steps and security measures, the Kremlin press service reported on Tuesday.
The sides discussed "issues of Ukraine’s internal crisis, including prospects for the continuation of the Minsk process, based on the synchronization of the political steps and measures in the sphere of security," the Kremlin said. 

The Russian president, German chancellor and French president emphasized "the importance of the provision of a permanent legislative framework for the special status of Donbass, the constitutional reform and amnesty, the organization of local elections." All these questions "should be coordinated in the Contact Group (on the Ukrainian crisis resolution) where Kiev has the possibility to conduct a direct dialogue with Donetsk and Lugansk".

According to the statement, in a telephone conversation, Putin drew attention to the recent alleged attempt by Kiev to carry out a subversive act in Crimea, marking the damage from such actions for the settlement process.

"Vladimir Putin drew attention of his partners to a rude provocation by the Ukrainian side, which sent to the territory of the Russian Federation early in August a team of saboteurs for committing terrorist attacks. Kiev’s tend to such kind of military actions damages the Minsk process and cooperation within the Normandy format," TASS cited the statement as saying.

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