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 Merkel, Poroshenko discuss Russia, situation in Donbas

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko held a telephone conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Censor.NET reports citing the presidential press service.

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The parties honored the memory of the deceased in World War II while Merkel stressed the role of Ukrainians in the fight against Nazism.

The two leaders discussed the situation in the Donbas and underscored the priority of fulfilling the security component of the Minsk agreements. The president emphasized the inadmissibility of any displays of weaponry under the guise of "parades" in occupied territories on May 9.

Poroshenko and Merkel condemned attacks on OSCE representatives and repeated interference with their work. They emphasized the importance of holding an investigation and punishing those guilty in the deadly attack on an OSCE patrol on April 23.

The parties stressed the necessity of further efforts to liberate hostages.

Merkel informed Poroshenko on the outcome of her trip to Russia on May 2.

The two leaders underscored the need to continue work in the Normandy format, including with the participation of the newly elected president of France. They also coordinated a schedule of upcoming bilateral meetings at the highest level.
 
 
 
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