The parties coordinated further steps to strengthen the international presence in Donbas, both in the framework of the efforts of the Normandy format and on the international platforms, primarily the UN Security Council.
The question of proper implementation of the Minsk agreements was discussed, primarily in terms of consolidation of permanent and comprehensive ceasefire, withdrawal of Russian occupying forces and equipment from Ukraine.
The parties paid considerable attention to the issue of the release of hostages illegally detained in the occupied territory and in Russian prisons.
Kurt Volker highly appreciated the adoption of the Ukrainian law creating the necessary conditions for a peaceful settlement of the situation in certain districts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine. It was noted that the given decision was a clear signal to confirm the true commitment of the Ukrainian side to a peaceful settlement.
During the meeting, the schedule of the nearest contacts and negotiations in the Normandy format and in the framework of the activities of the Special Representative of U.S. President for Ukraine Negotiations was discussed.