August 26, U.S. President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel during their telephone conversation spoke on recent rise of violence in Eastern Ukraine, caused by Russian aggression and Russian-backed militantson the contact line, states the press service of the White House.
President Obama emphasized on Ukraine's progress in implementing the Minsk accords and said that the Russian Federation should implement its commitments as well.
The head of the U.S. also praised Angela Merkel for dealing with migration decisions crisis in Europe.
This telephone conversation took place just few hours before the Trilateral Contact Group had started its negotiations in Minsk. The sides aim to conduct a consensus on implementation of the provisions of the Minsk peace agreements. As was reported yesterday, working sub-groups on security, economic, political, and humanitarian issues discussed the ongoing problems after the Contact Group negotiations. Ukraine's sub-group on security is trying to reach an agreement on withdrawal of tanks and weapons of up to 100 mm caliber.