Presidents hold talks on fulfilling Minsk agreements and future of visa-free regime
Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko visited France on June 21st, to discuss a range of issues with his French counterpart Francois Hollande, in particular, the situation in Donbas region and visa liberalization. On arriving in Paris, Poroshenko was accepted in the Elysee Palace.
Both leaders held an hour-long talk, summed up by a joint press-conference. Both Hollande and Poroshenko agreed on further Russian sanctions prolongation, since the Minsk agreements are far from being completely implemented. Additionally the presidents stressed on the importance of the Normandy format to finally combat the Russian aggression in Donbas region.
'We need a progress on electoral legislation and elections in eastern Ukraine, the prisoners are to be released, as well as the state border must be returned under full control of Ukrainian state. Namely, it is a complete package of Minsk agreements. We are eager to organize one more meeting in Normandy format at a presidential level, now awaiting Vladimir Putin to confirm his participation,' President of France Francois Hollande said.
'We suggest first of all that the security criteria are negotiated, among them the OSCE police mission in Donbas and prisoner's release,' President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said.