German Chancellor Angela Merkel on 2 February had a telephone conversation with President of Russia Vladimir Putin, reports the website of the government of Germany.
According to the press-Secretary of Merkel, the conversation took place on the initiative of Putin, reports Reuters. .
«In conversation, mostly focused on the status of implementation of the Minsk agreements – a question that she had discussed the day before with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Berlin», — said in a statement.
According to information, the Chancellor made it clear to the President that further progress in achieving a comprehensive political settlement of the security situation in Eastern Ukraine must observe the ceasefire, ensuring unlimited access of OSCE observers to all parts of the conflict zone, including the state border of Ukraine.
«To do this, Russia must use its influence on separatists», — stated in the message.
Also, according to the information, the Chancellor stressed the need to quickly draft a law on local elections in the Donbass.
The press service of the Kremlin, in turn, said that «specifically addressed issues concerning carrying out in Ukraine of the constitutional reform and organizations in the Donbass local elections according to the agreed with representatives of Donetsk and Lugansk legislation. The parties agreed to continue active joint work in the framework of the so-called «Normandy format», including carrying out in the coming days the foreign Ministers ‘meeting».
The leaders also exchanged views on a number of aspects of bilateral cooperation. The conversation has been businesslike and constructive, noted in the Kremlin.
1 February, Poroshenko and Merkel agreed on the implementation of the Minsk agreements. The Ukrainian head of state stressed the necessity of complete ceasefire, restore Ukrainian control over the border, withdrawal of Russian troops and the release of all hostages.
Also in the negotiations involved the special envoy of French President Jacques Odiber. Merkel said that sanctions against Russia will be saved, while Russia does not fulfill Minsky arrangements.
December 30, 2015 held telephone talks the leaders of «Norman Quartet» (Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France). The parties agreed on the extension of the Minsk agreements and new meeting of foreign Ministers in January 2015.
The representative of Ukraine in the tripartite contact group on settlement of the conflict in Ukraine Roman Bezsmertny said that as of 1 January 2016 has begun «the process of the Minsk-3».
January 11, flew to Kiev a Russian representative to the Minsk talks, former speaker of the state Duma Boris Gryzlov. According to media reports, he held a secret meeting with President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko.
On 13 January the President of Ukraine has held a phone conversation with Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel and President of France Francois Hollande. Among other things, they raised the issue of the modalities for the elections in the occupied Donbas.
On the same day, US presidents and Russia Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin also discussed the issue.
January 15, the U.S. assistant Secretary of state for Europe and Eurasia , Victoria Nuland, arrived from Lithuania to Kaliningrad region of the Russian Federation, where she met with Russian presidential aide Vladislav Surkov. The consultations were held behind closed doors. After negotiations, the parties have refrained from comments.
On 18 January, the representatives of the German Chancellor and the French President visited Kiev. Also they had to negotiate in Moscow.
Note, the sanctions and low oil prices threaten Russia’s default. Many experts believe that for the sake of the economy, the Kremlin will replace aggressive with «reconciliatory» policies and can leave the occupied Donbass.
Meanwhile, Russia is trying to achieve for occupied areas of the Donbass «special status» to the Ukrainian Constitution, but official Kiev refuses to take such a step.
Merkel urged Putin to influence the occupation of Donbass 02.02.2016