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MOSCOW, August 19. /TASS/. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said he hopes French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will influence Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and persuade Kiev to implement the Minsk agreements.
The leaders of France, Germany and Ukraine will meet in Berlin on August 24. "For us, the necessity of exerting additional pressure on Kiev is obvious to convince it that the agreements - those commitments that it made in Minsk on February 12 - should be implemented," Lavrov noted.
"We also hope that on August 24, when the German chancellor will meet with the presidents of France and Ukraine, Germany and France, as guarantors of implementation of the Minsk agreements, will do everything possible to ensure unconditional implementation," the foreign minister said. "It will not be useless, considering that on August 26, two days after a three-party summit in Berlin, a meeting of the Contact Group and working sub-groups is planned," he added.
Answering a question on whether the upcoming three-party summit in Berlin can be described as "educational", Lavrov said: "I hope it will [be educational]."