President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko held phone conversation with German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande. The presidential press service reported this on January 13.
During the negotiations, the President stressed that the ceasefire in Donbas should stay inviolable, and OSCE SMM observers should be allowed to monitor objects of infrastructure in the occupied areas of Donbas and the rebel-held section of Ukraine-Russia state border.
“The parties discussed further steps for implementation of Minsk agreements, specifically, opportunities for holding local elections in certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions according to the Ukrainian law, as well as restoration of Ukraine’s control over the state border”, the presidential press service reported.
Poroshenko also expressed his condolences to Merkel due to death of German citizens in the Istanbul tragedy. As is known, nine German tourists were killed by the explosion in the downtown Turkish capital on January 12.
The three leaders agreed to continue contacts the next week.
January 14, Poroshenko is to hold his first press conference in 2016, where he is expected to pay attention to peaceful solution of the Donbas conflict.