Tuesday, July 25 2017 16:29 EEST
Merkel, Macron on Donbas: Fulfill Minsk, withdraw forces, let in OSCE
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​German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron summarized the results of the Normandy Four negotiations. The leaders of Ukraine, France, Germany and Russia during the talks confirmed the need to fully implement Minsk agreement. This is said in a joint statement by Merkel and Macron, published on the Chancellor's website on Monday.

“Leaders agreed that political, humanitarian and economic issues, as well as security aspects of the Minsk measures, should be implemented in full. They stressed the importance of the Paris summit (October 2, 2015) and Berlin summit decisions (October 19, 2016)," the statement says.

In particular, it notes the need to immediately stop ceasefire violations and take necessary measures to prevent destruction of civilian infrastructure in order to avoid a humanitarian catastrophe in Donbas

"Disengagement of military units and disposal of heavy weapons should be a priority," the statement said.

First of all, the removal of heavy weapons and units from the most affected areas was considered, the list of which was made by leaders of France and Germany. In addition, the leaders of the Normandy Four called for withdrawal of troops and weapons from the current positions in Stanytsia Luhanska under the supervision of the OSCE mission.

"Safe access of the OSCE SMM to all areas of Donbas should be provided, including temporarily uncontrolled segments of the Ukrainian-Russian border," the statement said.

The parties agreed in the near future to take steps to restore economic relations and consider the as soon as possible.

As it was reported earlier Counselors of Normandy Four presidents will hold meeting in August. They will discuss the final steps on security and continue work on the road map of the Minsk Agreement implementation.

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