MOSCOW The Kremlin said on Thursday that it still sees a chance of holding a "Normandy format" summit on the Ukraine conflict in Berlin on Oct. 19.
"Meetings of experts will be held, and a pretty serious discussion will take place. If these expert meetings end with a positive result, there will appear such a chance (for the summit)," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told a conference call with reporters.
Earlier on Thursday, Germany played down prospects of a summit with France and Russia on Ukraine taking place soon. Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman said further work was needed by advisers before any meeting was possible.
(Reporting by Dmitry Solovyov; Editing by Maria Kiselyova)