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    Deputy Head of the Ukrainian Presidential Administration Valeriy Chaly commented on the recent talks between Angela Merkel, Francois Hollande and Petro Poroshenko on the Ukrainian crisis, saying that they could bring positive results in the peace process.

    KIEV, February 6 (Sputnik) – The Kiev talks between German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko could bring positive results in the peace process if the new proposals put forward during the meeting are supported by Russia, Deputy Head of the Ukrainian Presidential Administration has announced.

    "There is hope for a result, but what's important is what our European partners take out of the Moscow talks," Valeriy Chaly told the Ukrainian 1+1 TV channel early Friday night, adding that he hopes that the proposals worked out during the Kiev meeting are welcomed by Mocow.

    "The basis of these meetings, which have turned into an active work of diplomatic teams, was the development of absolutely new proposals that…implement the Minsk agreements," Chaly stressed.


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    Hollande and Merkel arrived in Kiev Thursday to present a new plan for settling the Ukrainian crisis. Their talks with Poroshenko lasted for four hours. The leaders of Germany and France will continue Ukraine talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Friday.

    The Minsk agreements were reached at a meeting of the Contact Group on Ukraine in the Belarusian capital in September, 2014. They stipulate a ceasefire between Kiev forces and independence supporters in Ukraine's southeast, the withdrawal of heavy weaponry from the line of contact between the conflicting sides and an all-for-all prisoner exchange.

    Despite the Minsk agreements, fighting continues in southeastern Ukraine and has intensified since the start of this year.

    The Contact Group on Ukraine includes representatives from Kiev, the self-proclaimed people's republics of Donetsk and Luhansk (DPR and LPR), Russia and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

    Russia is also part of the Normandy format talks on Ukrainian reconciliation, which also includes Ukraine, Germany and France. Normandy format meetings have not led to any breakthrough agreements yet.

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