President of Ukraine

EU sanctions against Russia will be preserved until full implementation of the Minsk agreements by Moscow – meeting between Petro Poroshenko, Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande

17 March 2016 - 16:37

EU sanctions against Russia will be preserved until full implementation of the Minsk agreements by Moscow – meeting between Petro Poroshenko, Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande

Petro Poroshenko had a meeting with Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel and President of France Francois Hollande in the course of the working visit to Brussels. The parties discussed fulfillment of the Minsk agreements and political situation in Ukraine.

The leaders of Germany and France confirmed that the EU sanctions against Russia will be preserved until full implementation of the Minsk agreements by Moscow.

The parties expressed concern over deteriorated security situation in Donbas. They underlined the importance of ceasefire, withdrawal of Russian military equipment and provision of full and unhindered access for the OSCE observers to the entire occupied territory and uncontrolled area of the Ukrainian-Russian border.

The parties also pointed out the importance of holding elections in certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions under the Ukrainian legislation and the OSCE principles provided that the security component is ensured.

Petro Poroshenko, Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande called for immediate liberation of Nadiya Savchenko who is illegally retained in Russian prison.

Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande reaffirmed that the EU does not recognize the occupation of Crimea by Russia.

The parties emphasized the importance of liberation of all prisoners of war, which is stipulated by the Minsk agreements.

Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande expressed support for the Ukrainian reforms.