Ukraine: Russia

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 23rd February 2015.

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Photo of Lord Stoddart of Swindon Lord Stoddart of Swindon Independent Labour

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they were invited to take part in the talks between President Hollande, Chancellor Merkel and President Putin concerning a peaceful settlement in Ukraine; and if so, why they did not do so.

Photo of Baroness Anelay of St Johns Baroness Anelay of St Johns Minister of State, Deputy Speaker (Lords)

I refer the noble Lord to the Statement made in the House of Commons on 10 February by the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Runnymede and Weybridge (Mr Hammond), which I repeated in the House of Lords, Official Report, Columns 1109-1112.

The Foreign Secretary said that in a meeting during the D-Day 70th Anniversary Commemorations in Normandy last summer, the UK agreed with the US and our European partners that the most effective channel of communication with the Kremlin would be through a small group. This is known as the Normandy Format, comprising Germany, France as the host of the Normandy meeting, Ukraine and Russia.

The Foreign Secretary and the US Secretary of State were in regular contact with their German and French counterparts to discuss the recent diplomatic efforts.

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