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 Merkel and Hollande Demand Putin to Put Pressure on Separatists in Ukraine

French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to influence the separatists to hold efficient negotiations.

The telephone conversation of the world leaders was held on Thursday morning, the Elysee Palace official website states, Ukrainska Pravda reports.

Hollande and Merkel once again stressed on the need to quickly achieve a political solution, the parameters of which are known: a bilateral cease-fire; development of a mechanism to monitor the border in cooperation with the OSCE, the release of all hostages.

They asked the President of the Russian Federation to apply all the necessary pressure on the separatists to make them hold efficient negotiations and make the necessary specific steps to ensure control of the Russian-Ukrainian border.

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Merkel and Hollande noted the stabilization of situation in the cities where the Ukrainian troops resumed control.

It is also noted that in the near future a four-way telephone conversation between the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany will be organized.


 
 
 
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