French President Emmanuel Macron, during a joint conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin with the press in Bormes-les-Mimosas, in the south of France, expressed hope that it would be possible to gain new momentum in resolving the situation in the Donbass. In particular, the President of France noted that the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky took several short-term measures to change the situation in the Donbass. It should be noted that Zelensky has a number of courageous steps and actions in this conflict, which has been going on for five years, and which simply led to the fact that the civilian population lives in terrible conditions, - the French president said. Macron said that in a few days a meeting of diplomatic advisers will be held in order to prepare the next Normandy meeting at the highest level. “We must hold a meeting of the Normandy Four, provided that tangible results are really achieved, and not just a meeting for the sake of meeting. And we will discuss all the steps that we can take on each side. A meeting of our diplomatic advisers will be held in a few days to prepare the next Normandy Summit at the highest level. Macron further noted that the possibility of returning to the G8 format and resuscitation of relations between Russia and the EU depends on progress in resolving the Ukrainian crisis. A return to the G8, as well as a return to positive relations between Russia and the EU, lie through resolving the conflict in Europe, - Macron said. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMazXg76gis On August 7, during a telephone conversation, Emmanuel Macron supported the initiative of the head of the Ukrainian state, Volodymyr Zelensky, to hold a meeting of leaders of the Normandy Fourmat countries. He promised to contact Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel to agree on this initiative.