REUTERS

"The process has moved forward. There has been progress in the last few weeks. The ceasefire has almost been respected," Hollande told at a news conference.

The foreign ministers will speak in the coming days, according to Hollande. French President said he had proposed a meeting [of leaders] in Paris before the U.N. General Assembly scheduled for September 28 to evaluate the process.

Hollande added: "If the process succeeds I will support the lifting of sanctions."

As UNIAN reported earlier, the European Union decided to extend for another six months the sanctions against Russian companies and individuals that undermine the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine.