October 2, 2019 / 10:37 AM / 15 days ago

Kremlin says it approves of move by Kiev to back peace plan: RIA

FILE PHOTO: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy speaks during a news conference in Kiev, Ukraine October 1, 2019. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin said on Wednesday that it approved of a move by Kiev to sign a peace plan with pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine’s east that it had previously rejected, RIA news agency reported.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Tuesday that a plan known as the Steinmeier formula to provide special status for the Donbas region and hold elections there should be written into Ukrainian law.

Following the move, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said he expected a date to be set soon for Normandy four talks on Ukraine between France, German, Ukraine and Russia, the TASS news agency reported.

Reporting by Maria Kiselyova; writing by Tom Balmforth; editing by Olzhas Auyezov

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