October 22, 2019 / 9:57 AM / a month ago

Kremlin: preparations for Normandy summit on Ukraine have ground to a halt

FILE PHOTO: Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov waits before a welcoming ceremony attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin and Kyrgyz President Sooronbay Jeenbekov in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, March 28, 2019. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov/File Photo

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin said on Tuesday that preparations to organize a four-way summit aimed at finding a resolution to the conflict in eastern Ukraine had effectively ground to a halt.

A breakthrough in talks last month appeared to open the way to a possible summit between Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany, known as the Normandy Four. But Moscow said on Monday that Kiev had since been sending conflicting signals.

“Preparations can’t be conducted at the moment because the demands of one of the parties are constantly changing,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Tuesday. He did not say which side he was talking about.

“When one of the sides is claiming to have some new approaches, the ‘Normandy Format’ experiences certain difficulties for such a summit to be prepared,” he said.

Reporting by Tom Balmforth and Andrew Osborn; editing by Jon Boyle

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