MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Francois Hollande on Friday will meet in the Armenian capital of Yerevan to exchange opinions on the fulfillment of the Minsk agreements on the Ukrainian crisis, Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov said Wednesday.
“There will be a state dinner hosted by the Armenian president after [Putin’s] bilateral meeting with [Armenian President Serge] Sargsyan and then a meeting with Hollande,” Ushakov said.
He said that the meeting would include an exchange of opinions on the fulfillment of the Minsk agreements.
“This will be a very important meeting considering the need from all parties to stimulate the organization of the Minsk agreements from February 19 and we expect that there will be a clear exchange of opinions between the leaders of France and Russia,” Ushakov added.
On February 12, the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany worked out a peace deal in Minsk to settle the Ukrainian conflict.
The Minsk agreement envisages a ceasefire in Donbas, the pullout of heavy weaponry from the line of contact, an all-for-all prisoner exchange between the sides, as well as broader autonomy for the breakaway regions of Donetsk and Luhansk.
Despite agreeing to the deal, the warring sides have consistently reported violations of the truce in Donbas, trading the blame for the disruption of peace.