President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko discussed the state of implementation of the Minsk agreements by phone with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. This was reported in the press service of the Ukrainian state.
It is noted that the sides noted the deterioration of the security situation in the region. In this regard, he stressed the importance of compliance with the ceasefire by Russia-backed militants in the Donbas region.
"The two sides also discussed the preparation of the draft Roadmap of the implementation of the Minsk agreements, according to the results of the Berlin summit of Normandy format. It was agreed to hold the Normandy Four Foreign Ministers meeting at the end of November", the press-service reports.
Poroshenko and Merkel also paid attention to the issue of visa-free regime for Ukrainian citizens. "German Chancellor confirmed that the visa-free regime will work immediately after approval of the so-called visa-free regime suspension mechanism within the EU", reads the report.
Moreover, Angela Merkel informed about the outcome of the meeting of the EU Member States leaders with US President Barack Obama on November 18 in Berlin. It was confirmed that the EU sanctions against Russia will remain until the full implementation of the Minsk agreements by Moscow.
The parties discussed the issue of energy security, as well as preparations for the EU-Ukraine Summit in Brussels on November 24.
Earlier in the German Foreign Ministry announced emergency ministerial meeting of the Normandy format member states.