Normandy Quartet discusses situation in Ukraine by phone

Normandy Quartet discusses situation in Ukraine by phone

Russian President Vladimir Putin has had a telephone conversation with Normandy Four leaders on settling the armed civil conflict in eastern Ukraine, the presidential press service said.

Germany's Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko reaffirmed their commitment to the Minsk accords in the field of security and political aspects of peace settlement.

"They welcomed the agreement on resumption of the Easter ceasefire that was reached on March 29 at a meeting of the Contact Group (for settling the conflict in Ukraine) and stressed the importance of its strict observance," the statement says.

The Normandy Four leaders also condemned the threats against the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission.

In addition, Putin, Merkel and Poroshenko thanked President of France Francois Hollande for his efforts within the Normandy Quartet and expressed hope that the work in this format would carry on after the presidential election in France.

"The leaders called for stepping up the efforts to resolve the problem of prisoners along the all-for-all formula," the press service said.

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