November 18, 2019 / 10:37 AM / 18 days ago

Kremlin confirms Putin to take part in Ukrainian peace summit in Paris

FILE PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at a news conference after the BRICS summit in Brasilia, Brazil November 14, 2019. Sputnik/Alexei Druzhinin/Kremlin via REUTERS

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin confirmed on Monday that Russian President Vladimir Putin would take part in a four-way international summit in Paris on Dec. 9, an attempt to advance efforts for a peaceful resolution to the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

The French presidency said on Friday that the leaders of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine would take part. But until Monday the Kremlin had failed to publicly confirm its attendance.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Monday that Putin would attend, but declined to discuss what Moscow’s expectations for the event were.

Reporting by Alexander Marrow and Maria Kiselyova; Editing by Andrew Osborn

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