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Live Updates: Leaders of Normandy Four Countries Discuss Situation in Ukraine

The Normandy format talks, which include Russia, Germany, France, and Ukraine, were launched back in 2014 when the four countries decided to facilitate the peace process in Ukraine amid the ongoing civil war in the east of the country. The last summit in this format was held in Berlin in 2016.

President of Russia Vladimir Putin, his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and French President Emmanuel Macron hold a summit in Paris on Monday to discuss the situation in Ukraine and seek a way to the peaceful settlement of the conflict and the implementation of the Minsk agreements that envisage a ceasefire, hostage release, withdrawal of armed forces, and the creation of autonomous regions in the war-torn country.

An armed conflict  in Ukraine erupted in 2014 after mass protests in Kiev led to a violent coup d'état in Kiev, with president Yanukovich fleeing the country.

In response, Donetsk and Lugansk regions refused to recognise the new government and proclaimed their independence via referendums. Kyiv then started a military operation against the breakaway regions, sending its army and paramilitary forces to the southeast of the country.


  • First Putin-Zelensky Face-to-Face Talks End in Paris

    The first-ever bilateral meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky ended in Paris after an hour and 20 minutes of discussions.

  • 21:59

    Putin, Zelensky Start 1st Face-to-Face Meeting in Paris

    The first-ever bilateral meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has begun in Paris, a Sputnik correspondent reported.

    The talks between the leaders of the two countries are being held following the Normandy Four summit on the Donbass conflict settlement. Putin and Zelensky have never met before and have only had a few telephone conversations in the past.

    According to the protocol of the summit, the meeting should take about 45 minutes. However, Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov earlier said that the Putin-Zelensky talks are not limited in time.

  • 21:03

    Normandy Four Leaders Discussing Draft Communique at Summit in Paris, Meeting Expected to Continue for Another Several Hours - Zelensky's Office

  • 21:00

    Meeting of Normandy Four Leaders Expected to Continue for Several Hours Longer Than Expected – Ukrainian President's Office

  • 19:50

    Putin, Zelensky Shake Hands, Meeting Still Ahead - Kremlin Spokesman

  • 19:21

    Normandy Four Leaders Begin Their Meeting in Paris - Reports

    Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, and French President Emmanuel Macron are meeting in a bid to settle the Donbass conflict in eastern Ukraine. It is their first meeting following a three-year hiatus and a debut for Zelensky, a novice to the format.

  • 19:18

    Putin and Zelensky Expected to Meet Before Press Conference of Summit - Ukrainian Presidential Office

  • 19:13

    Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel Hold a Meeting

    The Russian and German heads of state reportedly discussed, among other topics, last week's expulsion of two Russian diplomats from Germany over Russia's alleged link to the murder of a Georgian man in Berlin.

  • 19:06

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky Meets With French Counterpart Emmanuel Macron

    "A meeting has begun between Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and French President Emmanuel Macron at the Normandy Summit in Paris", the Ukrainian presidential press service wrote on Twitter.