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Putin confirmed his participation in Normandy meeting: Poroshenko has a gloomy forecast
Putin,  Normandy meeting, Poroshenko, Berlin,  Ukraine, Germany, France and Russia, Minsk agreement, Angela Merkel, war in Ukraine, Donbas, October 19

Russian president agreed to take part in the long-expected Normandy Four summit. Negotiations will be held in Berlin, Germany on 19th October. Parties will gather again to finally find a political solution for Donbas conflict, whereas Ukrainian president Poroshenko has a gloomy forecast and did not express optimistic notes for Ukraine peace talks.

Russian President Vladimir Putin will join leaders of Ukraine, France and Germany for the four-way talks on peace in eastern Ukraine after  the period of uncertainty, caused by Russian party, considering the necessity of the upcoming meeeting, as Moscow and Kyiv were locked in a stalemate over how and when the deal should be implemented, reports Uatoday.tv.

The day before meeting  the Kremlin has confirmed that Putin will join the summit in Berlin at the invitation of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

"Tomorrow the president will go to Berlin where he will hold talks with Merkel, Hollande and Poroshenko," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

The Kremlin has earlier repeatedly declined to confirm Putin's participation in the meeting on the crisis in Ukraine.

Last week, the Russian leader cancelled a visit to France also scheduled for Wednesday after Hollande said the Kremlin's support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was unacceptable and that people in Aleppo were suffering "war crimes."

Meanwhile, Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko said he was not optimistic about a meeting with Russian counterpart on October 19:

"For the tomorrow meeting, let's not have very high expectations," Poroshenko told reporters in Oslo. "Yes, I am very optimistic about the future of Ukraine but unfortunately not so much about tomorrow's meeting, but I would be very happy to be surprised".

The Berlin summit aims "to evaluate the implementation of the Minsk peace accords and to discuss further steps," according to Merkel's spokesman, Steffen Seibert.

Minsk peace deal, brokered by the European leaders in February 2015, failed to stop the violence in Ukraine's Donbas.

Early Putin called the condition for the meeting of "Normandy Quartet"

The Russian president said that the meeting of the leaders of the "Normandy format" is possible in the case of reaching an agreement on the level of assistants.

Also President of Ukraine held phone negotiations in trilateral format with participation of President of France Francois Hollande and Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel.

The parties discussed consequences of recent consultations at the level of diplomatic advisors in the Normandy format (Ukraine, Germany, France and Russia). They noted efficient German-French-Ukrainian interaction in the elaboration of the road map on the implementation of the Minsk agreements.

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