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 Hollande revealed details on creation of Normandy format

Le Monde journalists have published the book based on lasting informal talks with French President Francois Hollande.

Censor.NET reports citing ZN.

The book contains talks on the Ukrainian-Russian conflict and creation of Normandy format in particular.

Hollande said that the idea of ​​four-party talks belonged to him, and that Putin did not immediately agreed to such a meeting.

Hollande told the reporters that he discussed the idea of the meeting with Angela Merkel who completely agreed with him in spite of the fact that U.S. probably won't be happy.

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Eventually, after several rounds of negotiations, all parties agreed to meet in Bénouville Castle. Pertro Poroshenko was elected President of Ukraine on May 25 and Hollande invited him as well.

According to Hollande Putin and Poroshenko behave cautiously during the meeting. Atmosphere was quite tense in the great hall of the castle. Merkel feared that negotiations will end soon as Putin looks at Poroshenko with a stern intensity.

Hollande felt that Putin was playing a harsh game and Poroshenko, lacking a presidential experience, seemed, was in real fear.

Read more: "We should stop being naive about Russia's intentions," - Poroshenko in an article for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

French President admitted that the practical arrangements at that meeting were not met, but he considers it as a success, because the contact was established between the leaders of the warring countries.

According to Hollande it was he who began that historical conversation. He asked Poroshenko, to cease military operations in the east of his country, and Putin - to tame his pro-Russian separatists, Hollande called on both sides to start peace talks, monitored by the OSCE representatives.

Read more: Moscow blocks release of hostages, - Poroshenko

Hollande still assume that Putin is guided by pragmatic considerations, but the French president forgot to mention that Flight MH17, en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was travelling over Ukraine on 17 July 2014 when it disappeared from radar. A total of 283 passengers, including 80 children, and 15 crew members were on board we killed as plane was hit by a Russian-made Buk missile over eastern Ukraine.

In Sept. 2016, an international team of criminal investigators said evidence showed the Buk missile had been brought in from Russian territory and was fired from a field controlled by pro-Russian militants

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