Top diplomat: Council of Europe may serve as humanitarian basis for single European spaceRussian Politics & Diplomacy December 06, 11:39
French premier Manuel Valls resignsWorld December 06, 11:30
Investigators identify Ukrainians involved in shelling of Russia’s territory in 2014Russian Politics & Diplomacy December 06, 10:00
Putin approves Russia’s information security doctrineRussian Politics & Diplomacy December 06, 8:49
WSJ: Syrian army is about to retake militant-controlled east AleppoWorld December 06, 8:48
OSCE chief says trip to Crimea possible after consultations with Moscow and KievWorld December 06, 8:25
Erdogan signs bill to ratify Turkish Stream projectBusiness & Economy December 06, 8:19
Russia, India to hold joint naval drills on December 14-21Military & Defense December 06, 7:36
YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft team up to fight terrorism contentSociety & Culture December 06, 6:51
PARIS, February 1. /TASS/. French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Sunday called for an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine, the press service of the French president said.
The press service said Hollande had been speaking with Angela Merkel and Petro Poroshenko for 45 minutes to discuss the current situation in Ukraine. The French president expressed regret that no success had been reached at the talks of the Contact Group on Ukraine in Minsk on Saturday.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel had a telephone conversation with French and Ukrainian Presidents, Francois Hollande and Petro Poroshenko, to discuss the situation in Ukraine, German government’s spokesperson Steffen Seibert said on Sunday.
The three leaders "expressed regret over the failure of the Minsk meeting," he said, adding that the Chancellor and the two presidents stressed the necessity of the soonest resumption of the Minsk consultations. Russia, according to Merkel, Hollande and Poroshenko, must exert influence on Donetsk and Luhansk militias so that they stop "blocking talks."
The German, French and Ukrainian leaders agreed that the top priority task was to reach an agreement on a long-term truce. They insisted that the settlement talks be based on the Minsk agreements of September 2014, the German government spokesperson said.