"The process continues. The Minsk agreements remain the basis for our ongoing efforts. They are recognized by all parties," she stated.

Read alsoMerkel sees no end to EU sanctions against Russia"They contribute to the fact that it is possible to prevent even greater bloodshed. However, it is true that we need to make progress on an urgent basis," Merkel stressed.

"Therefore, I will continue to work together with the presidents of France, Ukraine and Russia for the sake of peace in Ukraine," the German Chancellor added.