16:40 Aug. 30, 2016
French President: talks should be held to decrease hostilities in Eastern Ukraine
Tensions in Ukraine has worsened in recent months and are at risk of further deteriorating. A new round of talks should be held to reduce the hostilities and impose permanent ceasefire. This is reported by French President Francois Hollande, according to Reuters.
'This summer, the situation has become much worse. The risks of escalation are high,' Hollande told an annual gathering of French ambassadors.
The French President added, he and German Chancellor Angela Merkel had had contact throughout August with Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko.
Hollande's statement arrived amid the rumors about a new meeting between French, German and Russian leaders at the G20 summit in China on September 4-5.
According to the Kremlin, the negotiations on the meeting are ongoing, but nothing is confirmed yet.
Earlier information emerged about possible informal conversation between Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin in China.
Ukraine and Syria are expected to top the agenda of their talks, should they happen.