Leaders of Ukraine, France and Germany discuss Crimea

Leaders of Ukraine, France and Germany discussed implementation of the Minsk agreements and political situation in Ukraine.

17 March 2016 18:53

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko met in Brussels with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande. During the meeting, the three leaders discussed implementation of the Minsk agreements and political situation in Ukraine, reports the press service of the Ukrainian President.

“The German and French leaders have confirmed that the EU sanctions against Russia will be kept in place until the Minsk agreements are implemented in full,” the report says.

All parties expressed concern over the deteriorating situation in Donbass and stressed the importance of implementing the Minsk agreements. They also recalled the ‘necessity of ceasefire’, pulling out of Russian military equipment, providing full and unhindered access of the OSCE monitoring mission to all locations in the occupied territories and sections of the Russian-Ukrainian border Ukraine has no control over.

They also pointed out the importance of holding elections in some areas of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions in accordance with Ukrainian laws. The heads of state also called for the release of Ukrainian political prisoner Nadezhda Savchenko.

“Petro Poroshenko, Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande called for immediate release and return to Ukraine Nadezhda Savchenko, a Ukrainian air force pilot illegally imprisoned in Russia. The three leaders emphasized the importance of releasing all hostages as per the Minsk agreements,” the press-service reports.

The German and French leaders also assured the Ukrainian president that the European Union continues to condemn the annexation of the Crimea and does not recognize occupation of the peninsula by the Russian Federation.