: Putin, Merkel and Hollande call for intensification of Minsk peace process

18:02 Jul. 8, 2016

Putin, Merkel and Hollande call for intensification of Minsk peace process

Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, gestures during his talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, and French President Francois Hollande, right, in Moscow, Feb. 6, 2015 (AP photo)

'Normandy' partners discuss ways to resolve Ukraine conflict

The President of Russia Vladimir Putin, his French counterpart Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel stressed the need to intensify negotiations in various formats to advance the implementation of the Minsk peace agreements on Ukraine.

Ukraine conflict was the main topic of the phone conversation of three leaders, according to the Kremlin press service said.

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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."

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Russian president asked his German and French counterparts "to influence more actively the Ukrainian side" during their planned meetings with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Warsaw, the Kremlin said.



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