Ukraine accuses Russia of wanting to wreck four-way peace talks on Donbass

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  • Thursday, 18 Nov 2021

FILE PHOTO: Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba speaks during a joint news conference with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken (not pictured) following the U.S.-Ukraine Strategic Dialogue talks at the State Department in Washington, U.S., November 10, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis/Pool

KYIV (Reuters) - Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba on Thursday said Russia was not interested in engaging in the four-way 'Normandy' peace talks on the war in eastern Ukraine, and was trying to wreck the process by publishing confidential diplomatic correspondence.

"By its actions, Russia simply finishes off the Normandy format, demonstrates that it is not interested in its development, and of course undermines [Russia's] remaining credibility," Kuleba said in a televised briefing.

The Russian foreign ministry published on Wednesday a number of diplomatic letters it exchanged with Germany and France to try to show that its diplomatic stance on talks over east Ukraine has been misrepresented. The 'Normandy' format consists of Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany.

(Reporting by Pavel Polityuk and Natalia Zinets; editing by Matthias Williams)

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