Censor.NET reports citing the press office of the Ukrainian president.
Petro Poroshenko expressed his deep concern about the recent provocation of the Russian Federation in the Ukrainian Autonomous Republic of Crimea occupied by Russia, which resulted in sharp deterioration of the security situation.
According to Poroshenko, the Kremlin's accusations of Ukraine on the alleged subversive activities on the peninsula are aimed, among other things, at discrediting Ukraine in the eyes of the international partners. Of particular concern is the fact that the Russian side has used the mentioned provocation as a pretext for torpedoing the work in the Normandy format and the process of the Minsk agreements implementation.
In turn, Merkel and Hollande reiterated their continued and steadfast position on non-recognition of the temporary occupation of Crimea. The leaders of Germany and France pledged to contribute comprehensively to de-escalation of the situation and expressed their willingness to work together to resolve it.
"The two sides reaffirmed their commitment to join efforts to resolve the situation in the Donbas and temporarily occupied Crimea solely via political and diplomatic means and stressed the need to continue the consistent cooperation in the Normandy format," the statement reads.
Related materials: Putin's provocation in Crimea