President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky held a telephone conversation with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, during which the parties discussed the implementation of agreements reached during the Normandy Summit on December 9, 2019, in Paris. This was reported by the press service of Zelensky's Office.
Volodymyr Zelensky raised the issue of security in Donbas. The interlocutors welcomed the agreement on a full and comprehensive ceasefire in Donbas, which starts at 00:01 on July 27, 2020. The President of the Russian Federation supported this agreement. The leaders agreed on the need to urgently implement additional measures to support the ceasefire.
The presidents of the two countries also discussed details of interaction in terms of demining, disengagement of forces and equipment, as well as the opening of new checkpoints on the line of contact, the activities of the OSCE SMM, as well as ensuring access of the International Committee of the Red Cross to persons held by militants. In addition, Zelensky raised the issue of the release of Crimean Tatar Ruslan Suleymanov in connection with the tragic death of his three-year-old son.
The President of Ukraine noted the need for further practical steps in the issue of release of the detained Ukrainian citizens in the temporarily occupied territories of Donbas and Crimea, as well as in the Russian Federation.
The parties also discussed the law on a special procedure for local self-government in certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, which is under consideration in the political subgroup of the Minsk trilateral group, and the law on decentralization, which provides for changes to the Constitution of Ukraine.
Attention was focused on the need for successful implementation of the agreements reached by the four leaders in Paris, in the context of the importance of holding the next Normandy Four summit in Berlin.
Last week, July 15, German Chancellor Angela Merkel held a telephone conversation with Vladimir Putin, during which she discussed the implementation of the Minsk agreements on the peaceful resolution of the conflict in Donbas.