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Read from vl-news.com. The deputy head of the presidential administration Valery Chaliy revealed the outcome of the meeting in Kiev on February 5. His statement is published on the website of the President of Ukraine.

“There was no discussion of federalization and what was published in foreign press. The goal was to coordinate positions ahead of the visit of Chancellor Merkel and President Hollande to Moscow. No one has brought any document, the so-called “Putin’s plan” for discussion,”- said Chaliy.

According to him, the participants of the negotiations have worked on a unified position to resolve the situation on the basis of the Minsk Agreements, on specific steps to get to the end goal, the cease-fire, and on the withdrawal of heavy artillery and political decision.

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Chaliy noted that he continues to be a supporter of a diplomatic solution to the crisis, but he is convinced that Ukraine should have a strong defense.

The Moscow meeting on the situation in Ukraine was wrapped up Saturday night. The parties called the meeting constructive and meaningful. As expected, the results of the meetings in Kiev and Moscow will be announced on Sunday, February 8, during a telephone conversation in the “Norman format” (Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France). The final document may include both proposals of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and initiatives of his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

Negotiations are taking place in light of the escalating situation in the east of Ukraine. In the beginning of 2015 representatives of the self-proclaimed republics of Lugansk and Donetsk began an offensive against the Ukrainian troops: they overtook Donetsk airport, and now pro-Russian fighters are trying to surround militia group of the Ukrainian forces in Debaltsevo.

From early March 2014, in Donetsk, Lugansk and other cities of Ukraine there have been rallies of pro-Russian activists. Their main demands at the time were a referendum on the status of the region and the federalization of power. Later, the protesters started demanding the separation of Donbass from Ukraine, and first Donetsk, and then Lugansk People’s Republics were declared.

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