9 Dec 2019 15:10

Zelensky's office refrains from predicting how long Paris talks could take

PARIS. Dec 9 (Interfax) - The Ukrainian presidential office is refraining from predicting how long the Normandy-format talks in Paris on December 9 could last.

"The French side, as the host, has mapped out a plan, but you understand yourself that these are negotiations, and they may last either a short or a long time. Nobody can say at present exactly how long the negotiations will take - I mean both bilateral meetings and a meeting in the Normandy format," Ukrainian presidential office deputy head Kyrylo Tymoshenko said at a news briefing in Paris on Monday.

Ukraine's delegation at the summit in Paris is quite large, Tymoshenko said.

"The delegation members may change depending on what issues are discussed. Advisors might join in and help the president address this or that matter," he said.

Ukrainian Security Service chief Ivan Bakanov, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, and Commander and Chief of General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Ruslan Khomchak have arrived in Paris as members of the Ukrainian delegation, Tymoshenko said.

Zelensky is also accompanied by chief of the presidential office Andriy Bohdan, his first aide Serhiy Shefir, and aide Andriy Yermak.