Poroshenko urges Macron to increase pressure on Russia for release of Ukrainian hostages
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko held a phone conversation with French President Emmanuel Macron, during which he urged the French leader to increase pressure on Russia in order to get all Ukrainian hostages released.
The officials discussed the situation with security in Donbas and the need to introduce a UN peacekeeping mission across the occupied territory, according to the press service of the Ukrainian president.
The sides welcomed the resumption of meetings of the Normandy Four foreign ministers and agreed on further contacts in this format to ensure the implementation of the Minsk agreements.
The Ukrainian president also urged Macron to increase pressure on Russia for the early release of all Ukrainian hostages, including filmmaker Oleh Sentsov, journalist Roman Sushchenko and activist Volodymyr Balukh, held in Russia.
The French president congratulated Poroshenko on the progress in reforms, especially with the adoption of the law "On the High Anti-Corruption Court."
The officials also discussed the preparation for the Ukraine-EU and Ukraine-NATO summits to take place in Brussels in July this year.
The two leaders expressed satisfaction with the development of bilateral economic relations.
Poroshenko invited Macron to visit Ukraine.