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France, Germany, Ukraine, Russia urge respect for Ukraine truce

France, Germany, Ukraine, Russia urge respect for Ukraine truce

Paris (AFP) – The leaders of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine held talks over the conflict in east Ukraine, with all sides calling for the full implementation of a ceasefire deal, the French presidency said.

The phone conversation between Francois Hollande, Angela Merkel, Vladimir Putin and Petro Poroshenko came a week after similar four-way talks.

On Thursday, the leaders “agreed on the importance of respecting pledges undertaken in Minsk in February”, the presidency said in a statement, referring to the truce deal struck in the Belarussian capital.

These included “the withdrawal of heavy weapons from the line of contact, the complete implementation of the ceasefire and access to the OSCE’s special observer mission”.

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