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    According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, Lavrov and Fabius also underscored the need to intensify efforts aimed at meeting the humanitarian and socio-economic commitments stated in the agreement.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his French counterpart Laurent Fabius noted on Saturday progress in the implementation of military aspects of the Minsk agreements on Ukrainian reconciliation, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

    "The parties highlighted a positive shift in the implementation of the military aspects of the February 12, 2015 Minsk agreements, and underscored the need to intensify efforts aimed at meeting the humanitarian and socio-economic commitments stated [in the agreement], as well as implementation of political reforms," the statement published on the ministry’s website reads.

    On February 12, the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France agreed on a set of measures aimed at stopping the military confrontation between Kiev forces and independence supporters in eastern Ukraine.

    The measures, among other points, stipulated a ceasefire that came into force in eastern Ukraine on February 15. An "all-for-all" prisoner exchange and constitutional reforms were also among the 13 points of the Minsk agreements.


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