MOSCOW, May 10. /TASS/. Progress may be made in the implementation of the Minsk-2 accords, it’s necessary to strive for ensuring Ukraine’s territorial integrity, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday following talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
"Of course, we talked about military action, in particular, near Shirokino and in the Donetsk airport area and about the danger that the hostilities may resume in other regions," she said. "We assured each other that that the Minsk Package of Measures was a basis for finding a peaceful solution. At the moment we cannot say that it will be a success, but we dont' have anything else, so it’s necessary to continue working in the same vein."
Merkel spoke highly of the work of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). "I think that everyone is using one’s influence to the best of one’s ability. I think the Russian President has certain influence on the separatists so that we can achieve a truce and the beginning of a political process," she noted.
"That night in Minsk when we held talks was very difficult, there were intensive tough talks," the German chancellor said. "But I think we have an opportunity to make progress, and it’s necessary to strive for ensuring Ukraine’s territorial integrity."
Merkel pointed to the four working subgroups within the Contact Group on Ukraine - on economic, humanitarian, social issues as well as on holding local elections. "And the elections should result in ensuring fully guaranteed border control," she added.
"I’m prepared, and I can say the same thing on behalf of French President Francois Hollande, to continue working in the same vein," the German chancellor said. "I also felt Russia’s willingness to take similar steps.".