During a working visit to Germany, President Petro Poroshenko held a trilateral meeting with President of France Emmanuel Macron and Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel.
"We had a very ambitious agenda. We discussed the issue of prolonging sanctions. We expressed serious concern over the escalation of hostilities by the Russian Federation against Ukrainian troops. Last day in the Katerynivka area, we lost one Ukrainian hero, five were wounded," Petro Poroshenko noted.
The President also noted that he had informed the leaders of France and Germany in detail about the situation in the Donbas. "We clearly emphasize and insist that the truce that was announced before Easter must be strictly followed by Russian terrorist troops," he stressed.
The President said that he had discussed with the leaders of France and Germany the de-occupation of Crimea. "Obviously, we discussed the de-occupation and the imposition of sanctions for the illegal conduct of the elections. I spoke about it from the very beginning," Petro Poroshenko said.
"We coordinate actions. The package of sanctions on the implementation of the Minsk agreements and cessation of Russia's aggression in the Donbas is inextricably linked to the package of sanctions for the illegal annexation of Crimea," the Head of State emphasized.
Yesterday, the President of Ukraine also met with President of the European Council Donald Tusk. The parties discussed the policy of sanctions. "Sanctions should be prolonged and new sanctions must be imposed, especially against those who took part in the organization and holding of the elections in Crimea - illegal elections of the President of the Russian Federation," Petro Poroshenko stressed.