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Merkel: agreements reached in Minsk give hope

February 12, 2015, 13:42 UTC+3 BERLIN
German Chancellor Angela Merkel positively assessed the results of the Ukraine settlement talks in Minsk but noted that there's much work to be done
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande

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BERLIN, February 12. /TASS/. German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday positively assessed the outcome of summit talks in Minsk.

Agreements reached after all-night negotiations between the leaders of Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France offer a "glimmer of hope" for solving the crisis in Ukraine, German media quoted Merkel as saying.

"We now have a glimmer of hope," Merkel said in newspaper comments, noting however "major hurdles" ahead.

"There is still very, very much work to be done," she added. "But there is a real chance to change things for the better."

The package of measures to implement the Minsk Accords envisages pullback of all heavy weapons by both parties to locations equidistant from the disengagement line in order to create a security zone at least 50 kilometers wide for artillery systems with a caliber of 100 mm or more, a zone of security 70 kilometers wide for multiple rocket launchers and a zone 140 kilometers wide for multiple rocket launchers Tornado-S, Uragan and Smerch and Tochka-U missiles.

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