Early this afternoon, President Hollande discussed the situation in Ukraine with the American President, the German Chancellor and the British and Italian Prime Ministers.
The heads of state and government emphasized the importance of actually implementing the Geneva agreement of 17 April in order to find a solution to the crisis in Ukraine and prevent the situation from deteriorating on the ground.
They reaffirmed their demand that the democratic process in Ukraine be completed. The holding of the presidential election on 25 May is essential in order to allow the Ukrainians to decide freely on their future in complete transparency.
Russia, in accordance with the commitments it made in Geneva, must contribute to de-escalation by refraining from provocative statements and bullying tactics. Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty must be fully respected.
The heads of state and government called for a swift response by the G7 and discussed the adoption of new sanctions by the international community against Russia.
They agreed to call for the strengthening of the role of the OSCE observation mission in Ukraine./.