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 Normandy Four agrees deployment of OSCE police mission in eastern Ukraine

President Petro Poroshenko had a telephone conversation in the Normandy format upon the completion of his working visit to Istanbul.

Censor.NET reports quoting presidential press service.

In a telephone conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande, and Russian President Vladimir Putin, Poroshenko paid attention to the deterioration of situation, in particular attacks on Avdiivka, which really hampers any progress in the peace process.

The interlocutors agreed that the continuation of the political dialogue was only possible after a decisive de-escalation and complete cease-fire.

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To this end, Poroshenko stressed, Russia should withdraw its troops from the occupied part of Ukraine and stop supplying weapons and mercenaries. The president also emphasized the need to regain control over the Ukrainian-Russian border.

As also noted, the leaders of Ukraine, France, Germany, and Russia expressed support for the deployment of an OSCE police mission in the Donbas as well as the beginning of consultations on the matter.

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The parties also stressed the need of complete implementation of the Minsk agreements, including the arrangement of proper security for holding local elections in certain areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions pursuant to the Ukrainian legislation and OSCE/ODIHR norms.

In addition, Poroshenko urged Russia to release all Ukrainian hostages, including Nadiia Savchenko, Hennadii Afanasiev, and Yurii Soloshenko.

He also said it was unacceptable to repeatedly violate the rights of the Crimean Tatars in Russian-occupied Crimea and called on Russia to immediately stop the persecution and release all political prisoners.
 
 
 
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