: :inin Kyiv (EET)

U.S. joining Normandy Format not on agenda yet – Ambassador Yovanovitch


At the moment, the United States does not intend to join the meetings of the Normandy Four leaders (Germany, France, Ukraine, and Russia) on the Donbas conflict settlement, according to the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie L. Yovanovitch, RFE/RL reports.

”I don`t think that there are any plans at this time for us to join the Normandy format but that doesn`t mean that the United States is inactive diplomatically,” the 9th U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine said in an interview with RFE/RL.

Ms Yovanovitch added that Washington was cooperating closely with Ukraine, holding consultations with France and Germany.

The U.S. also holds meetings with Russians ”periodically”, said the U.S. envoy, ”to see if there is a way that we can constructively move the process forward, again, in support of the Normandy format”.

”Well, I think we support Ukraine in other ways and we are very, very active in doing it,” Yovanivitch said, adding that the United States remains in constant contact with the Ukrainian authorities as well as with their partners in France and Germany.

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