President Duda offers new format of Donbas talks with US

As of today, changes in the Normandy format used for the Donbas peace talks have no sense; a new format is needed that will involve large EU states, the U.S., and Ukraine's neighbors.

As reported by Censor.NET citing Europeiska Pravda, this was announced by President of Poland Andrzej Duda in his interview to Politico magazine.

According to him, he previously insisted on changes to the Normandy format. However, such changes would make no sense now, Duda says.

"Today, there is a need to create something new, a new initiative to settle the conflict peacefully. This shall be a much broader format, with participation of powerful EU states on the one hand, and the U.S., and, if there is a will, of Ukraine's neighbors," Duda is quoted as translated from Polish.

He did not blame the Ukrainian government for not inviting Poland to the talks.

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"I have not seen any interest on the part of the Polish government either. I believe this policy is not right. We should be pursuing more active policy," the Polish president stressed.

As reported, Ukraine's Foreign Ministry earlier did not exclude Poland's participation in the talks. Previously, Andrzej Duda offered President Poroshenko to change the format of the Donbas conflict settlement negotiations.
Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/n348311