France, Germany say the publication of Russia of notes breaks diplomatically rules

PARIS, Nov. 18 (Reuters) – France and Germany accused Russia on Thursday of break diplomatically protocol after Moscow published their confidential correspondence over Ukraine, the latest sign of deteriorating ties between Moscow and the West.

On Wednesday, the Russian Foreign Ministry released a number of exchanged diplomatic letters with Germany and France to try show that’s his point of view on talk over Eastern Ukraine has been misrepresented.

“We consider this approach as in conflict met diplomatic” rules and customs,” French Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Anne-Claire Legendre told reporters in a daily online briefing.

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France and Germany said the Russian minister Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov had refused a meeting in Normandy format to keep with its French, German and Ukrainian counterparts, but Russia said Lavrov alone was not available for a particular meeting.

Outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel downplayed the significance of Russia move, but told a news conference that this did not change anything about the fact that no meeting had taken place placesomething she regretted.

“The Publication” of letters is not so surprising. I often read my own letters in the papers. We certainly have nothing to hide,” she told a news conference held on something else.

But they added that she asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to arrange another one round of talk before she leaves office. That he hadn’t was a shame, she said, “since meetings have their own dynamics,” and allowed progress to be made even in seemingly unmanageable situations.

Paris previously accused Russia of refuse to accept a ministerial meeting with France, Ukraine and Germany discuss pro-Russian separatist uprising in Eastern Ukraine and denied that it had failed respond to proposals made by Moscow.

In a rare response, Russia published 28 pages of diplomatic documents, proving that it had said in advance that Lavrov could not participate in the proposed meeting of 11 November.

However, the published documents also showed serious differences between Russia, France and Germany.

Russia has attached a draft statement on the “internal Ukrainian conflict” that Russia proposed to publish after the possible Meeting in Normandy.

The conversations in Normandy are meant to help end the conflict in Eastern Ukraine between Kiev forces and pro-Russian separatists.

On November 4, the French minister of Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian and the German minister of Foreign Affairs Heiko Maas: in a joint letter to Lavrov that the Moscow draft contained reviews die Germany and France did not have share, like the picture of including an “internal Ukrainian conflict”.

Two European diplomats said Moscow’s publication appeared to be an attempt to create confusion, but backfired. effect had because it proved that Moscow was trying to block the process by demanding numerous conditions die would give rise to any hope. of holding a meeting is impossible.

Legendre called on Russia returns to the negotiating table and continues talks, but in the “approved formats and according to agreed principles.”

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Reporting by John Irish in Paris Additional Reporting by Andrea Rinke and Thomas Escritt in Berlin Editing by Jonathan Oatis and Matthew Lewis

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