Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said in Berlin that talks aimed to resolve the situation in the Donbas in the format of the Normandy Group nations (Ukraine, Germany, France and Russia) constitute a basic format and there is no need to create a new one.
“As for new formats, I’m confident we don’t need new formats. We’ve got the Minsk format, the Normandy format. I’m sure we’re able to resolve all the necessary issues within the framework of these formats. Should there be any wish, we’ve got other experience, for example, G7 nations gathered for a NATO summit in Britain to discuss these issues, and other issues were discussed in the Geneva format. We’re ready to cooperate. But I believe that the Normandy format is the basic one, which has proven to be efficient,” Poroshenko said.
The declaration may be seen as a blow to President Duda’s foreign policy. Earlier in July, Krzysztof Szczerski, an advisor to President Andrzej Duda, said that good relations with Germany are conditioned on introducing changes in the Normandy format, inter alias. “Lasting peace in the region can not be restored without the participation of Poland, NATO, the EU and the US,” Szczerski said.