LIVE: Normandy Four leaders hold joint press conference following summit in Paris
The French President did not specify a specific date
French President Emmanuel Macron announced that the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France will hold talks in September aimed at ending the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
Meanwhile, White House National Security Advisor John Bolton announced an upcoming visit to Ukraine..
“We believe that the conditions have emerged for a useful summit,” Macron said at the end of the meeting of the G7 leaders in the French resort town of Biarritz..
Macron said the four-way talks, known as the “Normandy Format”, would take place in September, but did not give an exact date..
Ukraine lives in conflict with Russian-backed separatists in the east of the country after Moscow forcibly annexed Crimea in 2014.
Macron has already met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and held talks with Russian leader Vladimir Putin in France last week ahead of the G7 summit.
Russia was expelled from the G8 after the annexation of Crimea.
After meeting with Putin, Macron said that after Zelenskiy was elected, there was a “real opportunity” to achieve peace in Ukraine.
Zelenskiy offered to personally meet with Putin for talks and spoke with him on the phone in recent weeks.
Moscow said there is interest in reopening discussions on peace.
More than 13 thousand people have died as a result of the conflict in eastern Ukraine since April 2014. The EU, the US and other countries have imposed sanctions on Russia because of its actions in this country.
Another 1.5 million people became internally displaced, making it the largest population migration in Europe since World War II.
According to the Ukrainian news portal Censor.net, 66 Ukrainian soldiers were killed between January and July this year..
Meanwhile, White House national security adviser John Bolton said he would travel to Kiev as Zelenskiy prepares for his first visit to Washington..
“I look forward to the upcoming meetings with our partners in Kiev. We support President Zelenskiy’s reform efforts and his vision of building a stronger and more prosperous Ukraine, ”Bolton tweeted on Monday.
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