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FMs of Normandy Four to Meet ASAP to Elaborate Recommendations on Ukraine

The foreign ministers of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France agreed to hold a meeting as soon as possible to work out a number of recommendations for the Contact Group on the Ukrainian reconciliation.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The foreign ministers of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France agreed to meet as soon as possible and work out recommendations to settle the Ukrainian crisis, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

According to the statement, the ministers discussed in a phone conversation practical steps to settle the crisis in Ukraine and are set to work out a number of recommendations for the Contact Group on the Ukrainian reconciliation.

"The foreign ministers of the Normandy Quartet agreed to hold a meeting as soon as possible," the statement on the ministry's website said on Thursday.

Earlier on Thursday, the leaders of the Normandy Quartet countries discussed the situation in Ukraine in a telephone conversation. They stressed the need for a stable ceasefire in Ukraine's southeast and withdrawal of heavy artillery by the warring sides, as well as prisoner exchange.

According to the Kremlin's press service, the leaders of the four countries also emphasized the importance of monitoring the situation in Ukraine, carried out by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

On February 12, Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France worked out a deal on the Ukrainian reconciliation. The ceasefire in Ukraine came into force on February, 15 and, according to the OSCE monitors, was generally holding despite several reports about truce violations.

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