: Merkel, Hollande to assess Minsk implementation during EU summit

16:00 Jun. 28, 2016

Merkel, Hollande to assess Minsk implementation during EU summit

German Chancellor Angela Merkel talks with French President Francois Hollande and the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko on the current situation in eastern Ukraine in the Federal Chancellery in Berlin on 24 August 2015. (GettyImages Photo)

Summit set to take place in Brussels on June 28-29

EU summit starts in Brussels on June 28. The European leaders gather in the capital of Belgium to discuss several crucial topics, particularly, Brexit and migrant crisis. They are also expected to sit down and talk on the Ukrainian conflict.

According to the President of the Council of Europe Donald Tusk, France and Germany plan to hold an informal meeting on the implementation of the Minsk deal, aimed to stop the violence in the Donbas region.

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"German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande will inform us about their assessment of the implementation of the Minsk agreement", Tusk said at the summit opening on June 28, according to Ukrainian news agency UNIAN.

Another topic, expected to be looked into is the issue of the European sanctions against Russia. On the eve of the Brussels session Ukraine said it expected "positive news" on the economic and political restrictions.

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"We expect positive messages following the EU summit and the European Council's session tomorrow. We are sure that we have been heard and the decision will be positive. But we cannot say that everything has been already decided. We should fight until the last minute", Poroshenko said on Monday, June 27 after holding a meeting with European leaders at the so-called Ukraine-EU mini-summit.

Earlier the EU states agreed upon prolongation of the sanctions against Russia, but the final decision must be adopted by the EU council later. 

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