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Putin, Merkel, Hollande and Poroshenko back OSCE monitoring mission

February 19, 2015, 15:02 UTC+3
In a phone conversation the four leaders noted that the implementation of the set of measures approved by the Contact Group on February 12 has allowed reducing the intensity of armed actions in Donbas
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MOSCOW, February 19. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in a telephone conversation focused on the need to fully comply with the Minsk agreements, the Kremlin press service said on Thursday.

The four leaders noted that the implementation of the set of measures approved by the Contact Group on February 12 has allowed reducing the intensity of armed actions in Donbas and has led to decreasing the death toll among the civilians.

"The leaders of the four countries focused on the need to ensure sustainable ceasefire regime and taking practical steps on the heavy weaponry withdrawal by the warring parties and also the speedy release of captives," the press service of the Russian president said.

The sides stressed the readiness to actively support the work of the OSCE monitoring mission during the "current important stage of settlement," the Kremlin said.

The leaders also agreed to hold contacts as part of Foreign Ministries of the four countries in the near future in an effort to comply with the Minsk agreements, the press service said.

Minsk summit

The Russian, French, Ukrainian and German leaders held 16-hour talks in Minsk on February 11-12, which resulted in the signing of documents on plans for the Ukrainian settlement.

The plans envisage ceasefire, heavy weaponry withdrawal, a constitutional reform in Ukraine and local elections in certain areas of Donbass, an amnesty for participants of the conflict and some other measures.

Currently, the sides say combat activity on the separation line has decreased.

Before and after the Minsk meeting, the leaders have held regular telephone conversations in the Normandy format. The sides have agreed to continue them in the future.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said there is yet no talk of a new personal meeting between the leaders.

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