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 Moscow blocks release of hostages, - Poroshenko

President Petro Poroshenko has had a telephone conversation with French President Francois Hollande. The conversation was also attended by German Foreign Policy Advisor Christoph Heusgen who apologized for Angela Merkel being unable to take part in the talk.

Censor.NET reports referring to the presidential press service.

"Petro Poroshenko dwelt on the deterioration of the security situation in the Donbas, in particular an increase in the number of attacks by Russian militants, including with heavy weaponry. He also noted the lack of permanent OSCE observation points in disengagement areas," the message reads.

Read more: Hollande says progress on Minsk agreements very slow, willing to meet 'Normandy Format' leaders anytime

Both presidents stressed the particular importance of the safety component that Russia has so far failed to observe and that should be a key part of the road map for the implementation of the Minsk accords.

Moscow is blocking the release of hostages, which is absolutely unacceptable, Poroshenko said.

The sides agreed to continue consultations in Minsk at the level of foreign policy advisers to the Normandy Four leaders, which are to be followed by a joint press conference with the participation of Ukraine, France and Germany heads of state.

President Poroshenko thanked the delegations of Germany and France for supporting the PACE resolution on the extension of sanctions against Russia.

Read more: PACE Resolution on Ukraine: full text

He also urged the EU to speed up the introduction of a visa-free regime for Ukrainians and the ratification of the Association Agreement.
 
 
 
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