Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's office says the leaders of Ukraine, Germany, and France have urged Russian President Vladimir Putin not to recognize elections being held on November 2 by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.
Poroshenko, Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and French President Francois Hollande held a four-way telephone conversation overnight after Ukraine and Russia sealed a deal meant to guarantee Russian natural-gas supplies to Ukraine through March 2015.
A statement from Poroshenko's office said "Ukraine, Germany, and France expressed [the] clear common position that they would not recognize the elections planned by separatists," which it said contradicted the September 5 agreements.
It said the three leaders "urged Russia not to recognize those elections as well."
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said Moscow would "of course recognize the results" of the separatists' elections.