German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel and President of France Emmanuel Macron have welcomed changes in the implementation of the Minsk agreements. It was reported by the press service of the German government.
"We are welcoming the recent positive changes in the implementation of the Minsk Agreements, and we are looking forward to the next meeting in Normandy format in Paris, which is supposed to make progress in resolving the conflict in eastern Ukraine," the statement said.
Leaders of Germany and France recalled that they consider annexation of Crimea illegal. At the same time, they noted that they support the continuation of dialogue with the Russian Federation.
Merkel had a phone conversation with Erdogan and called on the immediate termination of the military operation in the north-eastern part of Syria. She added that the attack must be stopped as it may lead to extremely tough humanitarian impact.
Merkel stated that the terroristic group Islamic State may increase in the result of the Turkish offensive.