In a joint statement by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron following a telephone conversation in the “Normandy” format, the leaders of the “Normandy Four” countries have urged an immediate stop to the violation of the ceasefire in the Donbas and insisted on the continuation of the truce.
“Violations of the ceasefire must be stopped immediately. State and government leaders demand the implementation of the ceasefire agreement of July 21st, 2017 agreed upon by the Trilateral Contact Group,” the joint message states.
The negotiators also called for necessary measures to be taken to avoid damage to civil infrastructure and important structures in order to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe in the Donbas.
On July 24th, a telephone conversation took place between the leaders of the “Normandy Four” countries - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, French leader Emmanuel Macron, Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
During the two-hour conversation, an agreement was reached to implement the final steps to bring security to the Donbas and continue work on the road map for the implementation of the Minsk agreements.