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Ukraine/Russia/conversation between M. François Hollande, President of the Republic, the Chancellor of Germany, the President of Russia and the President of Ukraine

Published on February 19, 2015
Communiqué issued by the Presidency of the Republic
Paris, February 19, 2015

The French President and Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke this morning to Presidents Putin and Poroshenko, in the Normandy format.

The breaches of the ceasefire noted in recent days were condemned. The consequences of the events in Debaltseve on the implementation of the Minsk agreements were examined.

The four leaders agreed to implement strictly the entire Package of Measures agreed in Minsk on 12 February:

a ceasefire along the whole front line without exception,

in line with the Package of Measures of 12 February, the continued withdrawal of heavy weapons with a view to completion within the period agreed,

monitoring and verification of these measures by the OSCE, with a guarantee of free access and safety for the observers,

acceleration of the prisoner release process.

The OSCE representatives must meet the parties on the ground to implement these measures swiftly.

The foreign ministers of the Normandy group will talk today to define the practicalities of the supervision mechanism set out in Minsk on 12 February./.

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