Minsk Peace Process: Putin, Merkel, Hollande to meet to discuss Ukraine at G20

19:13 Aug. 23, 2016

Putin, Merkel, Hollande to meet to discuss Ukraine at G20

Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, as French President Francois Hollande looks on, in Minsk, Belarus, Feb. 11, 2015 (AP photo)

The three leaders held a phone call on Tuesday, the Kremlin said

The leaders of Russia, Germany and France have agreed to meet to discuss the situation in Ukraine on Sept. 4-5 in China on the sidelines of the G20 summit, Reuters reported on Tuesday, referring to the kremlin's press service.

A recent surge in fighting in eastern Ukraine, where Kyiv is fighting Russian-backed separatists, and fresh tension in Crimea have raised concern that a fragile ceasefire agreed in Minsk in February 2015 could collapse.

Russian's Vladimir Putin held a phone call with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande on Tuesday, the Kremlin said.

Putin, it said, drew attention to "provocations" by Ukraine in Crimea.

Earlier this month Russian FSB security service claimed it thwarted terror attacks on the peninsula and detained a group of Ukrainian saboteurs. Putin accused Kyiv of choosing "terror tactics", Ukrainian officials, in their turn, denied any involvement.

A German government spokesman said the three leaders shared the concern in their phone call about ceasefire breaches in Ukraine's Donbas region and that Merkel and Hollande had urged Putin to do what he could to calm the situation.

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Putin, Merkel and Hollande also discussed the implementation of the Minsk agreements. "There was agreement that progress was urgently needed and that in particular a stabilization of the ceasefire had to be achieved," said the German spokesman.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said last week he did not rule out introducing martial law and a new wave of military mobilization if the separatist conflict worsened.

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