Merkel and Hollande refused to meet with Putin in trilateral format


Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold separate meetings with the leaders of France and Germany at the G20 summit.

This was reported by Interfax referring to the Russian president’s assistant Yuri Ushakov.

“At first, it was agreed to hold a trilateral meeting to thoroughly discuss the current situation in Ukraine, and ways of further cooperation in the framework of the Normandy format, but then our colleagues said they preferred holding two bilateral meetings, that is, a separate meeting will be held with Hollande, and a separate meeting with German Chancellor Merkel,” said Ushakov.

He added that the main topic of both meetings will be the situation in Ukraine.

Ushakov also noted that Putin rejected the possibility of negotiations in Normandy format, that is, four with Merkel, Hollande and President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko.

A trilateral meeting of the leaders of Russia, France, and Germany was announced by the Kremlin press service on August 23, after Putin‘s telephone conversation with Merkel and Hollande.




  • Vlad Pufagtinenko


  • zorbatheturk

    Finally, some sense from the EU bigwigs. Without Germany buying Russian gas, without German investment and knowhow, Russia is a third world country that can barely feed itself.