Putin, Merkel and Hollande agreed to discuss Ukraine at the G20 summit in China
Kremlin insists that Kyiv is violating Minsk agreements
Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande agreed to discuss Ukrainian issue at the G-20 summit, which will be held in China on September 4 - 5. This was reported by the Kremlin press service.
This agreement was reached during telephone negotiations.
The countries, together with Ukraine, are the parties to the talks on the conflict in Donbas in Normandy format. It is not reported whether Ukraine shall participate in the planned meeting, because Ukraine is not a member of the G20, though it will be represented at the summit.
During the telephone conversations, leaders of the three countries discussed the "internal Ukrainian crisis" and "the prospects for the continuation of the Minsk process, based on the synchronization of political steps and measures in the field of security."
The Kremlin reminded about Ukrainian political commitments in the framework of the Minsk agreements.
"The importance of legislative consolidation of a special status for Donbas on a permanent basis was emphasized, as well as constitutional reforms, amnesty, the organization of local elections. All these issues should be addressed in the Contact Group, where Kyiv has the opportunity to hold a direct dialogue with Donetsk and Luhansk," - reads the Kremlin statement.
The parties also expressed their concern about the continuing shelling and systematic violations of the ceasefire.
"The necessity of strict following of the agreements on a cease-fire and the withdrawal of heavy weapons under the supervision of the Special OSCE monitoring mission, as well as taking measures for further de-escalation of the situation, including the withdrawal of forces and the establishment of demilitarized zones," - reported the press service of the Kremlin.
At the same time, Putin referred to the Crimean "sabotage" from the part of Ukraine.
"The tendency of Kyiv to this kind of military actions is causing damage to the Minsk process and cooperation in the framework of the Normandy format," - Moscow considers.
It was reported earlier that Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin expects Ukraine to become a cetner of discussions at the G-20 summit in Hangzhou (China).
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