30 December 2015, 13:36 GMT
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russian President Vladimir Putin, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande held a phone conference on the situation in Ukraine, the Kremlin press service said Wednesday.
"The leaders held a detailed discussion on the situation in southeastern Ukraine, which remains tense and unstable, in the context of the implementation of measures agreed February 12, 2015 in Minsk. It was agreed to extend them to 2016," the press service said in a statement.
The sides noted the importance of the Contact Group's work to ensure settlement of the Ukraine crisis, and agreed that the group's work must be intensified.
The four countries' foreign ministers have been instructed to thoroughly assess the state of the implementation of the Minsk peace deals in early 2016, according to the statement.