“We support the desire of the negotiators to return to face-to-face format.

But Kiev categorically refused to return to work in Minsk, ”TASS quoted him as saying.

At the end of August, Gryzlov announced the first meeting of the contact group after a month's summer break.

The Russian plenipotentiary also noted that the return of the work of the contact group to resolve the situation in eastern Ukraine to full-time format could have a positive effect on the situation in the region.