Normandy Group leaders discuss Minsk measures
Paris, 30 December 2015
The four leaders of the Normandy Group on Ukraine (France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine) had a telephone conversation today and highlighted the importance of all the Minsk measures being fully implemented in 2016.
Special attention was given to the preparation of the Donbas local elections, which are scheduled to take place early next year. All the participants expressed their support for the working group on political issues, which must help define the modalities of the elections between now and the end of January 2016, with the help of the OSCE and the Venice Commission.
François Hollande, Angela Merkel, Vladimir Putin and Petro Poroshenko reaffirmed their commitment to a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine and to the immediate concerted withdrawal of heavy weapons.
They agreed that another meeting of the Normandy Group foreign ministers should review progress on the implementation of the Minsk Package [of Measures] between now and early February./.