18 Nov 2019 13:34

Normandy-format summit due to be held in Paris on Dec 9 - Peskov

MOSCOW. Nov 18 (Interfax) - The Normandy-format summit is scheduled to take place on December 9; Russian President Vladimir Putin is due to have a related phone call on Monday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said at a press briefing.

"This phone call will be largely related to preparations for the Normandy-format summit, which is planned for December 9. This is actually the case, preparations are under way and have entered the final stage," Peskov said.

As regards what the Kremlin is expecting of the summit, Peskov said he'd rather not make any forecasts.

"I will not share any expectations. This is a very serious and long-awaited meeting. A rather long period of time passed before the meeting was planned. Regrettably, there has been a very long pause in Normandy-format activity," he said.

"Let's not have any excessive expectations so we aren't disappointed. At the same time, let's not lower our expectations, hoping that the preparations will at the end of the day bring results," Peskov said.

He reaffirmed plans for holding the Normandy-format summit in Paris.

Peskov declined to comment on the summit's details and timeframe. "We are still working on the modalities and nuances," he said.

Peskov did not answer a question on whether any documents might be signed at the summit, either. "It is too early to ask such questions," he said.