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    October 17, 2014. Russian President Vladimir Putin (left), Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (right), German Chancellor Angela Merkel (near center), and French President Francois Hollande (far center) during a meeting in the Normandy format on the sidelines of the ASEM Summit

    Normandy Four Leaders Reaffirm Commitment to Ceasefire in Donbass

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    After Minsk: Will Peace Come to Ukraine? (1049)
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    The leaders of Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine reiterated their commitment to the Minsk deal, including the pullout of heavy weapons in Donbass.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The leaders of France, Russia, Germany and Ukraine again confirmed on Wednesday their commitment to the implementation of the Minsk peace deal, including the maintenance of a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, the French government said in a statement.

    "Angela Merkel, Francois Hollande, Vladimir Putin and Petro Poroshenko have reaffirmed their commitment to a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine and to a concerted pullout without delay of heavy weapons," the statement reads.

    The four leaders had a phone conversation on Wednesday to discuss the implementation of the Minsk peace accord between Ukrainian government troops and Donbass independence supporters, which have been in a standoff since parts of two eastern regions of Donetsk and Lugansk broke away in spring 2014.

    The leaders underscored the importance of following through on all the points of the Minsk agreements in 2016, including on holding local elections in the two breakaway provinces, scheduled for the start of next year. The foreign ministers of the four nations are expected to meet in early February.

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

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    Minsk agreements, Ukrainian crisis, Normandy Group, Angela Merkel, Vladimir Putin, Petro Poroshenko, Francois Hollande, Germany, Ukraine, Russia, France
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