President of Ukraine

Angela Merkel in conversation with Volodymyr Zelenskyy supported reformatting of the Trilateral Contact Group

5 June 2020 - 17:07

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy had a phone conversation with Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel.

During the conversation, the leaders of the two countries discussed the restoration of peace in Donbas and, in particular, the results of the working visit of the Ukrainian delegation to Germany on June 2. The interlocutors noted the high level of mutual understanding between the Ukrainian and German sides on key approaches to a peaceful settlement, emphasizing the lack of alternatives to the diplomatic path.

"It was a very meaningful visit that will give impetus to the Normandy format," Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.

The interlocutors emphasized the need for consistent and strict implementation by the parties involved of all agreements reached during the Paris Summit in the Normandy format.

"We are open, we are ready to move forward. It is extremely important to guarantee the International Committee of the Red Cross access to the occupied territories for the verification of detainees. The OSCE SMM's access to monitoring is also important. We want to agree on new disengagement areas. Effective implementation of the agreements reached last year in Paris should pave the way to the next summit in Berlin," the President of Ukraine said.

The Ukrainian side reaffirmed its commitment to maximum coordination of efforts with partners in the peaceful settlement in Donbas - Germany and France. Chancellor Angela Merkel stated her support for the changes in the work of the Trilateral Contact Group initiated by Ukraine.

The President of Ukraine informed the Chancellor of Germany of the current security situation in Donbas, emphasizing the problems that need increased attention from our international partners.

A number of issues on the Ukrainian-German bilateral agenda were also discussed, including cooperation between the countries in the field of counteracting the COVID-19 pandemic, and financial and economic relations.

The President of Ukraine thanked for the clear and consistent position of Germany on the impossibility of changing the format of the G7 until the full restoration of the territorial integrity of Ukraine.