During a telephone conversation Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and Russian President Vladimir Putin failed to approve the date for a new meeting in Normandy format. About it reports UKRINFORM with reference to the official representative of the government Steffen Seibert.
According to the report, the sides also discussed the fulfillment of the Minsk agreements “from war to elections.”
“The focus was the question of the implementation of the Minsk agreements in Ukraine, particularly, strengthening of ceasefire, withdrawal of troops and the necessary further steps including the possibility of holding local elections,” said Seibert.
The parties stressed the importance of further work to create the conditions for a possible meeting of heads of States and governments in the Normandy format, said the spokesman. The leaders agreed that this should be progress has been made in security and political aspects. “The decision to hold such a meeting it was accepted not” – he said.
Another topic of conversation was the situation in Syria. The Chancellor and the French President once again underlined the importance of ceasefire and access to humanitarian assistance to alleviate the suffering of the population.
We will remind, earlier, on the proposal of Angela Merkel, business dinner with channel four it was planned to hold in Berlin on the evening of 19 October. On the same day, the Russian President had come to Paris, but on the morning of Tuesday, October 11, Vladimir Putin took the decision to cancel the visit.