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 Ukrainian president calls foreign ministers of Germany and France for non-recognition of legitimacy of parliamentary elections in Russia

President Petro Poroshenko held a meeting with Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development of France Jean-Marc Ayrault.

Censor.NET informs citing the press office of the president.

The parties discussed the security situation in the Donbas. Petro Poroshenko emphasized that the initiative of the Ukrainian party endorsed by Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel and President of France Francois Hollande on the introduction of the cease-fire regime from Sept.1 was not observed as artillery attacks continued and Ukrainian military incurred losses. The president stressed that Russia did not fulfill the commitments undertaken within the Minsk agreements.

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"Russia doesn't demonstrate any progress in the fulfillment of the Minsk agreements, that is why the issue of sanctions is very important. And sanctions [must be maintained] not only because of Minsk [accords violation], but also because of illegal annexation of Crimea, aggression in eastern Ukraine and presence of Russian troops," the president emphasized. The head of state thanked for the COREPER decision to prolong personal sanctions and expressed hope that the given decision would be approved by the Council of the European Union as early as Sept. 15.

The head of state highlighted the absence of progress in the liberation of hostages and political prisoners detained in the occupied territories, Crimea and Russia. Petro Poroshenko recalled Deputy Head of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis Ilmi Umerov who had been illegally held in psychiatric hospital for more than two weeks.

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The president called for the non-recognition of legitimacy of parliamentary elections in Russia planned to be held in the occupied Ukrainian Crimea. The head of state thanked the OSCE and the EU for the decision not to send their observers to the elections on the peninsula.

The president also thanked the ministers for their decision to visit Kramatorsk and Sloviansk.
 
 
 
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