Dangerous Normandy: who and how put pressure on Yermak during the meeting in Paris
Maria Zolkina, analyst at the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation, has analysed the recent Normandy meeting for European Pravda.
The Normandy meeting, which took place in Paris on January 26, after a long break, took an unexpectedly long time. Advisers to the leaders of the four states – Andriy Yermak, Dmitry Kozak, Emmanuel Bon, and Jens Plotner – spent more than eight hours behind closed doors. However, the talks did not bring any tangible results despite the duration. And, frankly, this did not come as a surprise.
The parties allegedly supported the idea of returning to the so-called ceasefire, but their statement in this regard did not contain any specifics, details, and commitments from the Russian side, which shows that it is purely declarative.
This is not surprising, as Russia is increasingly insisting that Ukraine should enter into direct negotiations with the so-called “republics”. And in order to achieve this goal, it refuses even from the promises of influence on the militants that it made in all previous years.
In fact, the only agreement following the meeting in Paris was the promise of the four advisers to meet again in two weeks.