Poroshenko, Macron Urge More 'Normandy Four' Efforts on Ukrainian Reconciliation

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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday called for more active work in the Normandy Four format aimed at the settlement of the situation in Donbass, Poroshenko's press service said following phone talks between the two leaders.

KIEV (Sputnik) — Earlier in May, Poroshenko held talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin and discussed the situation in the eastern Ukrainian conflict torn Donbass region.

"Petro Poroshenko and Emmanuelle Macron spoke in favor of intensifying the work in the Normandy Four format," the press service said.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko before an expanded meeting to discuss a peace plan for Ukraine, held by the Russian, German, French and Ukrainian leaders - Sputnik International
Germany Ready to Intensify Work of Normandy Four on Ukraine - Kiev
Kiev launched a military operation in the east of Ukraine in 2014, after local residents refused to recognize the new government that recently came to power. The ceasefire agreement was reached in Minsk in 2015, brokered by the leaders of the so-called Normandy Four group, comprising leaders of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine, but the situation has remained tense.

On March 15, the Trilateral Contact Group decided to declare on a new ceasefire in Donbass for the duration of the Easter holidays starting on April 1. However, the ceasefire failed to hold with both sides of the conflict continuing to blame each other of violations.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on May 2 that new agreements on the crisis settlement in Ukraine should not be discussed until the already existing agreements have been fully implemented.

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