16:46 Jul. 13, 2016
Russian President concerned about heavy shelling in Donbas launched by Ukrainian troops, Kremlin says
On July 13, Russian President Vladimir Putin again held a telephone conversation with French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
This was announced by Russian leader's press secretary Dmitry Peskov, reports Russia's state-run news agency TASS.
French government spokesman Stephane Le Foll also said that Francois Hollande talked with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the phone.
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"The talks focused on the Ukrainian crisis," Le Foll said. "The meeting of the Council of Ministers was shortened because President Hollande needed to hold the phone talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel."
On July 8, Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande stressed the need to intensify negotiations in various formats to implement the Minsk agreements. This was discussed by three leaders during their telephone conversation.
The parties emphasized the need to coordinate efforts to achieve security as well as political settlement of Donbas conflict.
Putin, in his turn, drew the attention of Merke and Hollande to the "provocative nature of Ukrainian army activities in south-eastern Ukraine."
Russian president asked his German and French counterparts "to influence more actively the Ukrainian party" during their planned meetings with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Warsaw, the Kremlin said.