The President spoke to President Obama this evening about the situation in Ukraine.
They underlined the importance of a contact group meeting with the separatist elements as soon as possible, with a view to getting a bilateral ceasefire. A lasting solution to the crisis in Ukraine can be only a political one.
They called on President Putin to put pressure on the separatists, so that they agree to talks with the Ukrainian authorities, and to step up control of the Russian-Ukrainian border.
They recalled the need for all the hostages to be released.
François Hollande and Barack Obama also decided to coordinate their efforts to exert the necessary pressure./.