BERLIN, May 24. /TASS/. Leaders of the Normandy Four countries (France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine) have underlined the importance of implementing the Minsk agreements on Ukraine in a telephone conversation, the German government has said in a statement.
"During a telephone conversation held late on Monday, the security issues and also preparations for communal elections in the conflict zones of Ukraine’s east were discussed," the statement said.
The sides called for "continuing cooperation on both issues to reach quick progress."
The press service of the Elysee Palace said earlier on Tuesday that the three presidents and the chancellor reiterated their commitment to the Minsk agreements and also their determination to do everything so that they are implemented in full and as soon as possible.
The Kremlin press service said during the phone conversation Russian President Vladimir Putin indicated that the package of proposals on local elections, the special status, amnesty, and decentralization had been coordinated with the leadership of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics and it would make sense for the Contact Group in charge of attaining peace settlement of the conflict in eastern Ukraine to scrutinize them. The sides also exchanged views on possible steps towards resolution of acute social, economic and humanitarian problems in eastern Ukraine.