16:01 May. 21, 2016
Ukrainian President holds phone talks with leaders of Germany and France
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko held phone talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande on Saturday, May 21. The leaders discussed the conflict in eastern Ukraine. The local elections and security situation topped their agenda.
During the talks, Poroshenko urged Germany (Berlin is currently holding the rotating OSCE Chairmanship), to make a decision on the armed police mission to the occupied parts of Donbas.
"President emphasized on the importance of the armed mission in Donbas. He asked Germany to fasten the consideration of the idea", Poroshenko's press-service reported.
Poroshenko said, the OSCE police mission could help keep the ceasefire in tact. This, in turn, would make the local elections in the region possible.
"The leaders agreed, despite the ceasefire agreement the security situation remained difficult. They also coordinated their positions on the negotiations regarding the exchange of the prisoners of war and sanctions against Russia", the message said.