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 Hollande, Merkel, and Putin call for new Ukraine cease-fire by Sept. 1 – Elysee palace

Russia's President Vladimir Putin, France's President Francois Hollande, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed the Ukraine crisis over the phone on Saturday, Aug. 29, and called for a complete cease-fire by Sept. 1.

Censor.NET reports citing the official statement made by the Elysee palace after the telephone negotiations of the three leaders.

"They strongly supported the call for a complete cease-fire from Sept. 1 at the time of schools reopening. They underlined that the respect of a lasting cease-fire was a necessity given the situation of civilians in eastern Ukraine," the report reads.

Francois Hollande's office stressed that Hollande, Putin, and Merkel reaffirmed their "commitment to the Normandy format of peace settlement, which can only be achieved through regular contacts in this context."

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The leaders of the three countries also stressed that heavy weapons with a caliber of over 100mm should be pulled away from the line of contact as soon as possible and called the upcoming local elections in Ukraine on October 25 "an important step toward the implementation of Minsk agreements," according to the statement.

France's President, German Chancellor and the President of Russia noted that a new meeting in Normandy format might be carried out in the coming weeks.

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