The leaders of the United States, Germany, France, UK, Italy, Canada and Japan, as well as the presidents of the European Council and the Commission issued a joint communiqué during the first meeting in Brussels in which they reaffirmed their commitment to strengthen targeted sanctions against Russia, and "to implement significant restrictive measures to introduce additional costs to Russia, if the situation requires," says Ukrainian Pravda.
"If there is no progress in the matters we are to solve, there is a high probability of sanctions - even heavy third phase sanctions. We cannot allow further destabilization in Ukraine," said Merkel.
Hollande, who spoke with reporters at the same time at a separate press conference, however, left Russia space to maneuver insisting that the conditions for de-escalation have already been created.
Hollande also said that he invited Putin to the Anniversary of the landing of troops in Normandy celebration.
"I did it (invited Putin) because we know that we are indebted to Russian people or Soviet people to be precise," he said, praising the heroism of the Soviet troops.
French president said he also invited the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko to visit this event immediately after his election on May 25. Putin was informed about it too, according to Hollande.