Heads of the four member states of the Normandy talks group had a phone conversation on April 18. Petro Poroshenko, Angela Merkel, Francois Hollande and Vladimir Putin discussed the latest developments and the burning issues regarding the Donbas conflict. Press service of the Ukrainian leader reported that on Tuesday, April 18.
The parties expressed hope that France will continue to be the part of the Normandy format after the presidential election in France. They also agreed that the talks group remains committed to implementation of Minsk agreements, as well as to settling security and policy issues of the Donbas conflict.
The four leaders urged the warring sides to make more efforts to cease fire and release and exchange POWs by ‘all-for-all’ principle. They also condemned threats to OSCE observers in Ukraine, which were voiced out recently by pro-Russian militants in Donetsk region.