Poroshenko called the theme of the meeting with Merkel

© REUTERS / Fabrizio Vepeside of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a meeting in Berlin. 20 may 2017Poroshenko called the theme of the meeting with Merkel© REUTERS / Fabrizio Bensch

The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that he expects the meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin to discuss ways to enhance implementation of the Minsk agreements on the settlement of the conflict in the Donbass.

«A significant part of today’s talks with the Chancellor will be dedicated to increasing the effectiveness of implementation, including the Russian Federation, the Minsk agreements. What we need to do in order to to the East of Ukraine finally came to the world to implement the requirements of the cease-fire, withdrawal of heavy weaponry, the release of Ukrainian hostages and implementation of the whole complex of security envisaged by the Minsk agreements, as a condition for the political process,» — said Poroshenko at a briefing before a meeting with Merkel on Saturday.

«We have yet to act decisively on in order to bring the Minsk process in a constructive direction. I want to emphasize again that we see no alternative to the Minsk agreements and urge their full implementation», — said Poroshenko.

In his opinion, it is very important that the meeting with Merkel is on the eve of the summit of the countries «the big seven» in Italy. «And we hope very much that the Sicilian meeting will demonstrate the unity of the civilized world in support of Ukraine», — said Poroshenko.

Poroshenko also said he plans to discuss with Merkel the issue of reforms in Ukraine.

Moscow has repeatedly stated that it is not a party to domestic conflict and is not privy to the events in the South-East, is interested in Ukraine overcame political and economic crisis, and can only exert pressure on the conflicting parties.

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