Trump: I Would Join Normandy Format
The last round of Normandy talks took place in 2016
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United States President Donald Trump said he could join the peace talks in Ukraine if the parties needed it.
He said so answering a question by a journalist on whether the U.S. should join the peace talks in Ukraine, joining Germany, France, Ukraine, and Russia in the Normandy talks format, Voice of America reported.
“I believe that the fact that the exchange of prisoners between Russia and Ukraine took place yesterday is a very big step and a very positive step. If they needed me to join, I would have joined, but yesterday was a very, very positive event,” Trump said.
On Saturday, the U.S. president welcomed the exchange of captives between Russia and Ukraine on Twitter.
“Russia and Ukraine just swapped large numbers of prisoners. Very good news, perhaps a first giant step to peace. Congratulations to both countries!” he posted.
France, Germany, and Ukraine have called for talks to take place by the end of this month. Russia has said it is ready to meet once “concrete steps” are taken before the meeting.
The last round of Normandy talks took place in 2016.