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    A telephone conference between Russian President Vladimir Putin, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, French President Francois Hollande, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel is scheduled for 19:00 GMT.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The leaders of Russia, Ukraine, France, and Germany will hold a telephone conference Monday evening on the current situation in crisis-hit Ukraine as well as payments for gas deliveries, Russian Presidential Aide Yury Ushakov said Monday.

    “A discussion will be held on the fulfillment of the complex of measures that were agreed upon on February 12 in Minsk,” Ushakov told journalists.

    Ushakov said the telephone conference between Russian President Vladimir Putin, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, French President Francois Hollande, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel was scheduled for 10:00 p.m. Moscow time (19:00 GMT).

    “Moreover, the situation of payment for Russian gas deliveries to Ukraine will be discussed most likely,” Ushakov added.

    Deliveries of Russian gas to Ukraine were suspended last June over Ukraine's debt that exceeded $5 billion at the time. Russian energy giant Gazprom resumed gas deliveries in December under a "winter package" deal signed last year in Brussels.

    The deal, which expires on April 1, 2015, stipulates that Ukraine must pay Russia in advance for all future gas supplies. Talks on a "summer package" were expected to start on Monday in Brussels, according to the head of Ukrainian energy company Naftogaz.

    The Normandy four negotiated a truce between Kiev forces and independence fighters in the Belarusian capital Minsk in February. A previous ceasefire agreement reached in September was repeatedly violated with both sides accusing each other of not adhering to the truce.

    The new deal included a ceasefire that came into force on February 15, a pullout of heavy weaponry, already completed by the east Ukrainian Donbas forces. An "all-for-all" prisoner exchange and constitutional reforms were also among the 13 points of the Minsk Agreements.

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    After Minsk: Will Peace Come to Ukraine? (1049)

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    France, phone talks, reconciliation talks, gas, Ukrainian crisis, Angela Merkel, Vladimir Putin, Francois Hollande, Petro Poroshenko, Germany, Ukraine, Russia
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