Ukraine/Russia/telephone conversation in “Normandy format”
The French President and the German Chancellor talked to the Ukrainian and Russian Presidents about the implementation of the Package of Measures adopted in Minsk on 12 February.
They looked at the effectiveness of the ceasefire, which came into force this morning at midnight, Kiev time. They noted that observance of the ceasefire was satisfactory on the whole, despite local incidents which must be settled quickly.
They also signalled their agreement about making progress on the implementation of the few stages provided for in the Package of Measures adopted in Minsk on 12 February, i.e. the withdrawal of heavy weapons, the OSCE’s monitoring and verification of the ceasefire and of the withdrawal of heavy weapons, and the launch of a dialogue on arrangements for holding local elections in accordance with Ukrainian legislation.
They lent their full support to the adoption of a Security Council resolution endorsing the Package of Measures adopted in Minsk on 12 February./.